Following the publication of the principal texts of the legal profession in Arabic, Spanish and English, the CNB has published Russian language versions of law no. 71-1130 of 30 December 1971 reforming certain legal and judicial professions, decree no. 91-1197 of 27 November 1991 pertaining to the ethical code of the legal profession, and normative decision no. 2005-003 adopting the National Rules of Procedure (RIN) of the legal profession.
The publication will help to strengthen the Rule of Law and promote continental law in Russian-speaking countries, together with the democratic values and the respect of human rights to which lawyers are the key contributors.
The legal profession is a liberal and independent profession. This independence is fundamental in a democracy and under the Rule of Law and comes neither as a reward nor as a blessing – it is a responsibility and they are duties.
It is indeed essential that lawyers, those who are called upon to speak in the name of others, practise their profession within a framework of ethical and professional rules which guarantee the trust that citizens place in them. The application of professional rules to lawyers, especially rules on organisation, qualification, deontology, checks and responsibility, provides the necessary guarantee of independence, integrity, and competence upon which this trust is founded.
By publishing this work, the French National Bar Council is making the rules of the legal profession in France available to state and professional institutions around the world. In this way, the publication contributes to strengthening the Rule of Law and promoting continental law, democratic values, and the respect of human rights, for which lawyers are the key players.