Monopolist of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine previously supported the bill 1013 on the abolition of the bar monopoly. It was initiated by a President Vladimir Zelensky.

The document was supported by 295 votes in plenary on January 14. Recall that Zelensky has made the bill as urgent.

The results of the vote

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The results of the vote

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In particular, he proposes to abolish monopoly law, namely to exclude the provisions of part four of article 131-2 of the current Constitution of Ukraine, according to which solely the lawyer represents another person in court.

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In this regard, it is proposed to delete:

  • part 5 of article 131-2 of the Constitution of Ukraine. It provides that the law can be defined exception regarding the representation in court in labour disputes, disputes on the protection of social rights in relation to elections and referendums, in minor controversies as well regarding the representation of minors or minors and persons, recognized incapable by court or whose capability is limited.

  • Subparagraph 11 of paragraph 16-1 of section XV “Transitional provisions”. According to him, from the date of entry into force of the law of Ukraine “On amendments to the Constitution of Ukraine (justice)” representation in paragraph 3 of part 1 of article 131-1 and 131-2 of the articles of the Constitution exclusively with the prosecutors or lawyers in the Supreme court and the courts of cassation is carried out from 1 January 2017. In the courts of appeal from 1 January 2018, and in the courts of first instance, from 1 January 2019.

Parliament supported the abolition of the monopoly of the bar

“The purpose of the proposed law changes is the right of everyone to receive professional legal assistance through the abolition of the bar monopoly on the provision of such assistance”, – stated in the explanatory note to the document.

Recall that, according to the procedure of constitutional amendments, after conclusion of the constitutional court the Parliament may pre-approve (accept in the first reading) this bill has not less than 226 voices.

Then, at the next regular session, the Verkhovna Rada may consider it for adoption as a whole. This will require at least 300 votes of the parliamentarians.

As reported by OBOZREVATEL, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine has sent a presidential bill on the abolition of the advocate’s monopoly in the constitutional court on 3 September. Then for the corresponding decision voted by 337 deputies.

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