June 2011 – The CCBE sends letter to the Speaker of Sejm of the Republic of Poland regarding the draft Act on State Legal Examination
On 21 June 2011, the CCBE sent a letter to Mr. Grzegorz Schetyna, the Speaker of Sejm of the Republic of Poland, expressing its concerns about the introduction of a new type of legal profession ‘’legal counsels’’ who would be able – after graduating from a law faculty – to provide legal advice and act before public authorities and Courts of 1st Instance in certain cases on behalf of their clients. The CCBE is seriously concerned about the repercussions on the administration of justice and society in general, since this new legal profession would not be subject to any professional training and it could carry out its activities without having to comply with any ethical code or disciplinary regime.
At the beginning of 2007, the judicial system of Poland, including the lawyers’ profession , was exposed to certain political influences threatening, inter alia, the independence of lawyers and judges as well as access to justice. The CCBE together with the IBA responded to these challenges on several occasions:
As a result of the parliamentary elections held on 21 October 2007, a new government was formed that announced its readiness to consult the legal profession on all matters concerning the self-government of lawyers and other issues of special interest to them. Despite the positive shift in policy, there are still issues awaiting resolution:
National Council of Legal Advisors - Krajowa Rada Radców Prawnych
The Polish Bar Council - Naczelna Rada Adwokacka
October 2011 – The CCBE sends additional letter of concerns to the Prime Minister of Slovenia
On 27 October 2011, the CCBE sent additional letter to Mr. Borut Pahor, the Prime Minister of Slovenia, expressing its concerns about the introduction of fiscal cash registers for lawyers and amendments to the Act on the Prevention of Money Laundering and Financing of Terrorism, which put in danger respect for core values of the lawyers’ profession, in particular professional confidentiality.
June 2011 – The CCBE sends a letter to the Prime Minister of Slovenia regarding the fiscal cash registers
On 6 June 2011, the CCBE sent a letter to Mr. Borut Pahor, the Prime Minister of Slovenia, expressing its concerns about the introduction of fiscal cash registers for lawyers.