Baku/08.11.17/Turan: "The Bar Association declares that it supports supplements and changes to a number of legislative acts in connection with the improvement of the institution of representatives and will ensure to the proper degree all the tasks that lie with the College in this direction," reads the statement of the Bar Association in connection with the latest changes in the Civil and Procedural Codes, the law on the legal profession.

The college emphasizes that the changes are inherently aimed at securing a new stage in the institution of legal aid. "The additions and changes made to various legislative acts by the Milli Majlis in connection with the improvement of the institution of representatives are a continuation of the progressive judicial and legal reforms being carried out in the country. These changes will positively affect the quality of legal services," the board asserts. The statement says that President Ilham Aliyev at the disposal of "On Amending the Civil Procedure Code" recommends the Bar Association to increase the number of lawyers.

"To achieve this, all necessary measures will be taken by the Bar Association. Many lawyers appealed to the College in order to become lawyers. In this regard, in the very shortest time will be held examinations in the specialty. Passed exams will successfully become lawyers. At the same time, currently acting on the courts as representatives when applying to the Bar, as required, may become members of the Bar Association," the statement says.

he President of Azerbaijan signed laws on amending the Law on Lawyers and Lawyer Activities, the Civil Procedure Code and the Administrative Procedure Code. The amendments come into force on January 1, 2018.

The essence of the innovations is actually the liquidation of the institution of representation in courts. Citizens will be represented in courts only by professional lawyers - members of the Bar Association. Close relatives of individuals can make an exception. Legal entities will be represented in courts only by their full-time lawyers.

These amendments have caused criticism by the legal community and civil society, for in the conditions when there are just over 900 lawyers for 10 million inhabitants of Azerbaijan, the liquidation of the legal representation institution will leave the citizens without legal defense.

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