PSC Cyprus: Practising as an Advocate
In order to practise as an advocate in the Republic of Cyprus, one needs to enrol to the Registry of Practising Advocates and obtain an annual licence by the Cyprus Bar Council.
Practising as an advocate in Cyprus, as defined in the Advocates Law, means:
- appearing before any Court to conduct any proceedings on behalf of any person;
- preparing or perusing of any document intended to be used in connection with any proceedings before any Court (pleadings);
- registering of Trade Marks and Patents and appearing before any authority for this purpose;
- drawing, reviewing and amending any Memorandum or Articles of Association of a company of any form and any document in connection with the incorporation, registration, reorganization or dissolution of any company;
- registering ships and preparing of any document in relation to any right on a ship;
- giving legal opinions for reward;
- preparing and perusal of any document to be filed in Court in relation to the administration of the estate of a deceased.
Every person can receive from the Legal Council a certificate stating that he is entitled to be enrolled as an advocate if he satisfies the Legal Council that:
- has completed his twenty first year of age;
- 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 satisfy the Disciplinary Board taking measures;
- is a citizen of the European Union with permanent residence in the European Union;
- holds any of the following qualifications that is- (i)he is a 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 is a barrister-at law of England, Northern Ireland or an advocate of Scotland, or (iii) he 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 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;
- has completed a training period of not less than twelve months at the office of an advocate practising for at least five years or the Attorney General’s Office; and
- has passed an examination satisfying the Legal Council. The examinations are conducted by the Legal Council on certain subjects including: Administrative Law, Constitutional Law, Contract Law, Evidence law, Torts, Criminal Law, Civil and Criminal Procedure, Immovable Property Law, Wills and Succession Law, Company Law, Family Law, Court of Justice Law.
The letter/approval for the issue of the annual licence must submitted directly to the competent authority:
Charalambou Mouskou Street,
Tel. 357 22 865741
The letter/approval is accompanied by a payment of a fee of €51,26.
Following the enrolment in the Registry of Advocates kept by the Chief Registrar, the Chief Registrar issue a certificate of enrolment under the seal of the Supreme Court.
The Cyprus Bar Association keeps the book called “Register of Practising Advocate” and issues the annual license of Practising.
The annual licence expires on the thirty first day of December next following the date of issue and a fee is payable to the Bar Council the amount of which is fixed with regulations issued by the Bar Council and approved by the General Meeting of the Cyprus Bar Association. Any advocate who practices as an advocate for a period up to ten years must pay the fee for the issue of the annual licence of €68 and €171 if the practicing of the profession exceeds the 10 years.
Notably, in case the advocate is practicing the profession, at the time of issue of his annual licence, he/she submit to the Bar Council the Statement/Declaration with a relevant confirmation from his local bar association, stating that his principal profession is the exercise of the legal profession and that he is ready to exercise it. The local bar association, before issuing the confirmation, ensures through the Department of Social Insurance, that the advocate is registered as an advocate-contributor to the Social insurance fund.
The advocate should present before the Bar Council, in order to issue his/her annual licence, professional indemnity insurance according to the regulations issue by the Bar Council
An obligation under Advocate's Law is the registration to the Pension Advocates Fund.
The application for the issue of the annual licence of a Practising Advocate to the Cyprus Bar Association, must be submitted directly to the competent authority:
Bar Council of the Cyprus Bar Association
11 Florinis street, 1065 Nicosia
Tel. 357 22 873300
Fax. 357 22 873013
Obligations and Supervision
Registered advocate are obliged to comply with the provisions of the Advocates Law and the Advocates Code of Conduct Regulations as periodically amended.
Any person who practices as an advocate without being enrolled or without being the holder of an annual licence in force at the time is guilty of an offence and is liable to imprisonment not exceeding three months or to fine not exceeding €855.
The disciplinary provisions of the Advocates Law (Articles 15 to 17) apply to all practicing 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 Register 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.
1, Apelli Street,
Advocates Pension Fund
11, Florinis Street, Office 202
Telephone: +35722873300, +357 99 381781
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