Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Survey Shows "Middleman" Role of Russian Advocates

Vedomosti newspaper reported on a survey by the New Economic School of advocates (members of the regulated bar that dates to the Soviet period) regarding their attitudes to their profession, their role in the legal system, professional ethics, and the ongoing controversy over whether and how the entire legal profession in Russia should be regulated.  NES conducted the survey in cooperation with the Association of Lawyers of the Russian Federation, a voluntary organization.  372 advocates responded to the survey by completing a questionnaire and being interviewed.

About 22% of the respondents agreed that advocates "often" act as "middlemen" between their clients and the court system by "helping their clients reach a particular result in the case."  60% said that this happens "from time to time."  Vedomosti notes that these findings contradict an argument often made by the regulated advocates bar:  that regulating the entire legal profession under its umbrella would raise the level of professional ethics by subjecting all lawyers to the mandatory professional ethics rules that apply to registered advocates.


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