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About Us

About Us
General information

The Chamber of Advocates of the Republic of Armenia is an independent, professional, self –governed, non-profit organization.

The bodies of the Chamber of Advocates are the following:

  • The General Meeting of the Chamber of Advocates
  • The Board  of  the Chamber of Advocates (consisting  of 12 members and the Chairman)
  • The qualification commission (consisting of 8 members)

Advocate (from latin word-advocatus, the origin is advoco   from the word I invite) is a person who has a Bachelor’s degree in law or a qualification of degreed specialist of a lawyer and has obtained license to practice advocacy.

In order to get a license the lawyer must take the qualification exams after completing the course at the School of Advocates. The qualification exams are organized by the qualification commission of the Chamber.

Advocacy is an activity dedicated to protect human rights. It is provided by the advocate engaged in the implementation and defense of the rights, freedoms and interests of a person getting legal support with all measures and methods not prohibited by law.

Officially, there are 1851 advocates in RA since 27 October, 2017.

Female advocates are 42 percent of the total number of advocates.

Guarantees, which are defined by international documents and laws, allow the advocates to protect the rights of their clients, fearlessly.

 

Particularly:

-The intervention of state authorities, local self-government bodies and their officials, mass media, natural and legal persons to advocacy activities is prohibited.

-The advocate should be provided with a facility to have a private, isolated communication with their client in the territory of the state authorities and institutions, judicial bodies as well as the local self-government bodies. The above mentioned bodies shall undertake all necessary measures to provide the advocate and his client with the opportunity to communicate privately, without any obstacles.

-The advocate  must not be persecuted, apprehended and detained liability, or arrested,  as well as the rights of the advocate cannot be restricted due to the provision  of  his professional obligations.

-The advocate should not be associated with his client due to the fulfillment of his professional duties.

-The advocate’s flat,  office, or his transport means as well as the office of advocate’s organization cannot be searched  for ascertaining  the circumstances, facts  related to their advocative practice.

-It is forbidden to search the advocate while directly performing his professional duties.

-All the documents and data storage devices  ( DVD/CDs, computers etc.) concerning the legal assistance which belong to the advocate  or are maintained in the advocate’s office have inviolability, they cannot be confiscated( taken away) and cannot be used as an evidence.

-It is forbidden to interrogate the advocate as a witness  on the circumstances about which he became aware of during legal assistance or performing his professional duties . According to the above mentioned each non-advocate worker at the advocate’s office shall be equated with the status of advocate.