In order to practise as a trainee advocate in the Republic of Cyprus, one needs to enrol to the Registry of Trainee Advocates and obtain a Certificate of Trainee Advocate by the Supreme Court.
A person can be enrolled in the «Registry of Trainee Advocates» by the Legal Council if he/she satisfies the Legal Council that:
- he/she has completed his twenty first year of age;
- he/she is of good character and he is not an unsuitable person to become accepted as an advocate due to any kind of behaviour which would justify the Disciplinary Board taking measures against him ;
- he/she is a citizen of the Republic or citizen of another Member State or spouσe or child of a citizen of the Republic or other Member State with permanent residence in the Republic of Cyprus during the training period;
- he/she holds any of the following qualifications: (i) holder of a Law degree or diploma obtained in any other manner or by correspondence, from any University of Greece or Turkey or, (ii) he/she is a barrister-at law of England, Northern Ireland or an advocate of Scotland, or (iii) he/she is a holder of a Law degree obtained in any other manner or by correspondence from any University of the United Kingdom, of Great Britain and northern Ireland or the Republic of Ireland, or (iv) he/she is a holder of such Law degree or diploma obtained in any manner or by correspondence, from any University or Institution as the Legal Council may from time to time determine with a notice published in the Official Gazette of the Republic.
The letter for enrollment as a Trainee Advocate to the Legal Council should be submitted, no later than thirty days from the date on which he/she has commenced training at the office of a practising advocate or at the Office of the Attorney-General of the Republicdirectly to the competent authority:
Apellis 1, 1403 Nicosia
Tel. +357 22 889205, +357 22 889207
Fax. +357 22 667498
Fill in the appropriate letter of application, as found on the website of the Legal Council (link in the "Related Links"), and attach the following accompanying documents:
- copy of University Degree and a transcript, but he/she has to present the originals before the Legal Council to check the authenticity. In case he/she has not yet received the Degree a verification that he/she has passed all the lessons and is waiting for the Degree to be published ;
- copy of Citizens identification card or Passport (in case the applicant is not a citizen of the Republic of Cyprus or any other EU member state but married to Cypriot/EU member state citizen, wedding certificate needs to be attached);
- affidavit from the practicing advocate’s office stating the exact date on which the applicant has commenced his/her training;
- recent clear criminal record certificate.
When the Legal Council is convinced that the applicant holds the qualifications stated above, enters applicant’s name in a book kept by the Chief Registrar, which is called «Registry of Trainee Advocates» and the Chief Registrar issues him/her a Certificate of Trainee Advocate.
The applicant is informed regarding the authorisation decision within one month, the latest, from the date the application form and supporting documents were dully submitted.
Obligations and Supervision
Registered trainee advocates are obliged to comply with the provisions of the Advocates Law, as periodically amended, as well as with the Code of Conduct.
The disciplinary provisions of the Advocates Law (Articles 15 to 17) apply to all persons enrolled as trainee advocates:
- every advocate is deemed to be an officer of justice and is liable to disciplinary proceedings;
- a Disciplinary Board exercises control and disciplinary jurisdiction over every advocate.
If any advocate is convicted by any Court of any offence which, in the opinion of the Disciplinary Board, involves moral turpitude or if such advocate is, in the opinion of the Disciplinary Board, guilty of disgraceful, fraudulent or unprofessional conduct towards the profession or if he has acted or behaved in a manner contravening or conflicting with the provisions of the Advocates’ Code of Conduct Regulations, the Disciplinary Board may:
- order the name of the advocate to be struck off the Registry of Advocates;
- suspend the advocate from practising for such period as the Disciplinary Board may think fit;
- order the advocate to pay, by way of fine;
- warn or reprimand the advocate;
- make such order as to the payment of the costs of the proceedings before the Disciplinary Board as the Disciplinary Board may think fit.
Cyprus Bar Association
11, Florinis Street, Office 101