Fri, Jun. 08, 2007

Attorneys Sworn In By Bar

CK - Washington.   For 160 years, German attorneys fought for their independence, Berliner Morgenpost reports. For the first time, the bar associations have begun to swear in their members.

Until recent amendments to statutes governing the practice of law--which includes also the lifting of restrictions limiting the admission to various courts--, the courts took their oaths. Except for the supreme court, Bundesgerichtshof in Karlsruhe, attorneys may now practice, with a single admission, before all courts.

In addition, lawyers in Germany may open branch offices. On June 8, 2007, the paper notes that the Berlin bar comprises a mere 11,300 attorneys.


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