Advocate's Law was signed
Amendments on advocate’s activities were made to the Russian legislation
On June 2, the president of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin signed the Federal Law "On Amendments to Articles 5.39 and 13.14 of the Code of Administrative Offences and to the Federal Law “On Advocate’s Activity and the Bar in the Russian Federation".
The law establishes responsibility for illegal refusal to an advocate's request to grant him legally provided information or for consciously providing false information. Advocates who disclose information access to which is limited by federal law will also bear responsibility as officials.
The document complements the Federal Law "On Advocate’s Activity and the Bar in the Russian Federation" with the Article 61, which introduces the concept of "Advocate’s request", sets the terms of its implementation by public authorities, local government bodies, states the grounds for refusal to provide information requested by the advocate. It also specifies the procedure for getting advocate’s status and the issue of certificates, which, in particular, confirm the right of free access of the advocate to the buildings of district courts and district prosecutor's offices.
The Federal Law is also supplemented by a provision under which the status of an advocate may be terminated in cases of illegal use and (or) disclosure of information in relation with providing legal assistance to his client, or in case of a systematic failure to meet the requirements for an advocate’s request.
The right to establish an advocate's office is now only available to the ones with professional experience of at least five years, and among the founders of an advocate’s collegiums must be at least two advocates with five years of experience.
Moreover, the law signed by the President specifies the powers of the Russian Federal Chamber of Lawyers, in particular regarding the right of abolition of unlawful decisions of regional chambers of lawyers, and sending a request to the court to protect the rights, freedoms and legitimate interests of members of the legal community. The RFCL President is now granted a right to initiate disciplinary proceedings against advocates. This law also establishes the Professional Ethics and Standards Commission, sets its powers, goals and objectives, as well as the procedure for election of its members.
"On the practice of law and the legal profession in the Russian Federation"
Charteron the fundamental principles of advocate’s activity
Done at VI St. Petersburg International Legal Forum
International Principles on Social Media Conduct for the Legal Profession
Adopted on 24 May 2014 by the International Bar Association