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Drakšas R. Urmonas A. Aspects of Implementation of the Principle of the Freedom of Activities and Independence of the Attorney-at-law

Administratīvā un Kriminālā Justīcija 2013 Vol. 3 (64)


Many legal acts that regulate activities of an attorney-at-law contain the provision stating that he is independent and enjoys the freedom of action. For example, Article 3 of the Law of the Republic of Lithuania on the Bar says: „The Lithuanian Bar shall be an independent part of the Lithuanian legal system“.

And yet, is the freedom of an attorney-at-law of really absolute nature and is he completely independent? Each staff member of the law enforcement authorities, including an attorney-at-law, is surrounded by numerous legal acts that he must comply with unconditionally, thus they somewhat limit the freedom of his action. Daily practices also clearly demonstrate that the principle of the freedom of action and independence is often just an ideal model of how the activities of attorney-at-law are perceived.

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