President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko submitted to the Verkhovna Rada a draft law No. 9055 “On advocacy and legal practice”. About it reports a press-service of Administration of the President.
Observed that the bill was prepared in close cooperation with the Council of Europe experts and was approved by the Council on judicial reform, which confirms the compliance of the provisions of the document to the Council of Europe standards.
“The purpose of the bill is to bring the basics of advocacy activities in accordance with the best international standards, promoting the formation of a unified legal profession and the practical implementation in Ukraine of the rule of law, ensure the effective protection of the advocacy of the rights and freedoms of citizens”, – stated in the message.
“The bill is aimed at strengthening professional rights and guarantees of lawyers’ activity, ensuring the highest ethical standards and quality legal aid, access to the profession without undue restrictions and risks of corruption, development and functioning of the profession based on the principles of self-regulation and decentralization in the framework of a unified National bar Association of Ukraine” – noted the AP.
The Deputy head of the presidential Administration and the coordinator of the Council for judicial reform Oleksiy Filatov said that this is the next step in the implementation of the Strategy of reforming the judicial system, legal proceedings and related legal institutions.
“This bill will strengthen the legal profession, will enable lawyers to effectively use their rights and guarantees of activity and to perform the duties on the basis of the actual, rather than formal equality in the judicial process. At the same time, considerable attention is paid to compliance with standards of ethics and quality in advocacy and strengthening of the profession. The common goal of more effective protection of the rights and freedoms of citizens, is the main task of the bar,” he said.