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Thursday, November 15th, 2018

Ministry of Justice proposes to abolish admission fees for lawyers

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It is proposed to abolish admission fees for practicing law in Kazakhstan. This was announced by Minister of Justice Marat Beketayev, presenting the draft Law On Advocacy and Legal Aid at the plenary session of the Majilis of the Parliament of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

The market of advocacy services in Kazakhstan is underdeveloped and does not match the level of developed countries. One of the main reasons is the deficit of lawyers, which, in turn, is associated with an overwhelming amount of entry fees for applicants. Abolishment of primary contributions will provide access to engaging in law, especially to young lawyers, it will increase competition between them, and increase their number, � M. Beketayev said.

Answering questions of Deputies, the Minister noted that in the best world jurisdictions there are no admission fees. Regarding the professional level of lawyers, M. Beketayev assured that the exams during licensing give confidence that the ranks of lawyers will not be diluted by poorly trained specialists.

In turn, Chairman of the Majilis Nurlan Nigmatullin also noted that the admission fee, in fact, means a property qualification for lawyers. At the same time, there are enough young lawyers in Kazakhstan who have received a good education, including in the best foreign universities. Therefore, there should not be an admission fee and the only criterion should be professionalism.

The Minister also noted that in Kazakhstan there is no effective control over the quality of professional services provided by lawyers. There is no open information – when and what for was this or that attorney brought to disciplinary liability. Therefore, the bill provides for the creation of two-level disciplinary commissions. In addition, the bill proposes a mechanism to improve the skills of lawyers. This will help to increase competition and quality of services in the field of advocacy.

Source: Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan

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