Levelling of a legal profession institute : how do professionals react

Levelling of a legal profession institute : how do professionals react

05.10.2016 Analytics

On October 7, 2016,  the protest action was organised by Council of lawyers of the Kyiv city  and Lawyers Council of Kiev region took place in Kyiv. Though this action will take place under walls of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine. However, the problems to which lawyers will pay attention, don’t concern people’s deputies. It will be a  light respect for the rights of lawyers to the implementation of the professional rights and duties.

The repeated lawyer’s rights violation  on the protection of the clients were fixed last year. It was consisted in prevention to carry out investigative actions  such as a search, survey etc. The specified violations became a reason for discussions between a lawyer community and representatives of law enforcement agencies.

As a result of such discussions,   the uniform position was formed at  the beginning of 2016. It  had been stated in the Yuriy Sevruk  (an acting General Prosecutor of Ukraine)  letter   on prevention of violation of constitutional rights on the qualified protection and lawyers  participation ensuring during the  carrying out  of the investigative and other procedural actions. However, the specified explanation has only informative isn’t always executed by law enforcement authorities.

Such situation hasn’t caused a considerable concern as a “lawyers vs law enforcement authorities”opposition  is  always. Both parties used professional cunnings and gaps of the legislation to incline a bowl of scales in their favour.

It deserves a special attention

The single question on an above-mentioned action will consider a question of lawyers position ignoring  by the consideration of criminal proceedings in judicial instances. However, People’s Deputies tell about judicial reform process providing and its positive sides. The  justice charges as an archaism of the Soviet period prevails at decision-making. Judges, investigative judges during consideration both criminal proceedings in general and single questions ignore arguments of the party of protection, break the principle of competitiveness, giving preference to the state charge and a position of law enforcement authorities.

Will Media help?

Recently defenders have found an influence method in such  a situation by the involvement of representatives of the public and publicising of such processes in media. However, it concerns generally resonant affairs which attract public interest. Generally, the lawyer  comes up against a situation during judicial proceedings when he not only competes with the prosecutor but also to resist to all engaged judicial system.

Violation of the basic principles of lawyer activity which are guaranteed by the law and the Constitution of Ukraine became the last straw which has pushed lawyer community to resolute actions:

“intervention in lawyer activity, withdrawal of the documents  are connected with the implementation of lawyer activity and as a result, the  disclosure of the lawyer’s secret, law enforcements”.

A Brief information and conclusions

Recently  the searches have become a norm for the  law enforcement authorities who perform it in certain lawyers and in firms of attorneys . At the same time, any arguments concerning the illegality of actions and aren’t taken into account at all. Many  documents which concern many lawyers  clients, withdrawal of the data which containing correspondence of the lawyer with the client during the searches are the gross violation of the current legislation. The main point of this problem is   the attorney professional rights neglect  of judicial and law-enforcement systems.

Thus, above-mentioned problems level institute of the legal profession, having influenced on it  illegally. It threatens the  development of the constitutional state and breaks guarantees for protection not only lawyers but also all society.

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