Practice as a Trainee Advocate
In order to practice 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.
Who is Eligible
- Has completed his twenty-first year of age;
- Is of good character and he/she 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 Republic of Cyprus;
- Holds a law degree:
(i) of a university of a member state, which is recognized by the competent authority of that particular member state, or
(ii) of any other university, whether in the Republic or in a Third Country, as the Legal Council may from time to time determine by notification published in the Official Gazette of the Republic.
Provided that the qualifications recognized under the provisions of sub-paragraphs (i), (ii) and (iii) of paragraph (d), as they were valid before the entry into force of the Lawyers (Amendment) (No. 3) Law of 2020, are still recognized qualifications.
It is further provided that the degrees which the Legal Council has determined as law degrees by notices published in the Official Gazette of the Republic, prior to the commencement of the Lawyers (Amendment) (No. 3) Law of 2020 shall continue to be considered as such.
Where to Apply
The letter for enrolment 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 practicing advocate or at the Office of the Attorney-General of the Republic directly to the competent authority:
Apellis 1, 1403 Nicosia
Tel. +357 22 889205, +357 22 889207
Fax. +357 22 667498
Which Certificates must be Submitted
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.
Fees Applicable & How to Pay
There are no fees applicable.
The applicant is informed regarding the authorization decision within one month, the latest, from the date the application form and supporting documents were dully submitted.
Licence Validity Period
Does not apply.
Dispute with the Competent Authority's Decision
How to File an Administrative Action
Administrative Action Against a Competent Authority’s Decision
Any person may file an Administrative Action at the Administrative court against a decision, act or omission of any competent authority or body.
Pursuant to Article 146 of the Constitution, an Administrative Action may be lodged within 75 days from the date of the decision or act or omission or from the day when such decision or act or omission was notified to the applicant.
The Administrative Court acts as a cassation Court and not as a substantive Court. In other words, the Administrative Court may:
I. Dismiss the Administrative Action
II. Annul wholly or partially the contested decision or act
III. Compel the relevant authority or body to take a certain action
After a decision is annulled, the authority and/or public body must reverse things back to the state prior to when the concerned decision and/or act was executed and re-examine.
How to Appeal
An Appeal may be filed against the Administrative Court’s first-instance decision within a period of 42 days from the date such decision was given.
At the Supreme Court (Court of Appeal Section) hearing, the contested issue of the appeal remains the legality of the decision or act already adjudicated for. However, such revision of the legality of the decision or act is solely examined on the matters and the extent that the two parties have limited the reasons in the relevant notice of appeal.
The decision adopted by the Supreme Court is considered final in relation to the matter that has been judged.
Legislation & Obligations
Which Laws and Regulations Apply
What are my Obligations
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 practicing 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.