Opinion on the Draft Law on Making Amendments and Supplements to the RA Law on “Advocacy”

The Protection of Rights without Borders NGO elaborated an opinion on the draft law on making amendments and supplements to the RA Law on “Advocacy”.

The Organization particularly highlighted the provisions set by Article 10 of the draft law, according to which, the authors of the draft law offer to organize the public protection of the citizens through the advocates who are not considered as public defenders, attorneys of the School of Advocates, as well as through the lawyers of the Organization.

According to the Organization, the mentioned provisions essentially express the essence of providing Pro Bono legal services (though, the latter needs amendment) and taking into consideration the workload of the Public Defender Office, the importance of providing free legal assistance in the Republic of Armenia, such fundamental freedoms envisaged by the European Convention of Human Rights as the fair trail, the insurance of the equality and the competence of the arms, the international best experience of Pro Bono services in the world, the Organization suggested the following:

  • Define more clear structure in all the cases, when the advocates, who are not considered public defender, express willingness to provide legal assistance, with the demand of a privilege not to pay membership fee for the period, during which the advocate provides free legal assistan
  • Establish an accountability system, when the advocated report about their pro bono services, besides, also about the circumstances, because of which the advocate did not provide Pro Bono Service.

Opinion on the Draft Law on Making Amendments and Supplements to the RA Law on “Advocacy”