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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.

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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.
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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.

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Disciplinary Board
1, Apelli Street,
1403 Nicosia
Telephone: +35722889206
Fax: +35722667498
E-mail:ctsiali@papd.mof.gov.cy, ckyriakou@papd.mof.gov.cy
Website: http://www.cyprusbarassociation.org

Advocates Pension Fund
11, Florinis Street, Office 202
1065 Nicosia
Telephone: +35722873300, +357 99 381781
Fax: +35722873013
Website: http://www.apf.com.cy

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Cyprus Bar Association
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Related Documents

Download the Acrobat fileStatement-Declaration of Advocate.pdf
Download the Acrobat fileApplication for Registration as a Lawyer.pdf
Download the Acrobat fileAdvocates Law.pdf
Download the Acrobat fileCode of Counduct Regulation.pdf

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