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A key difference among countries is whether lawyers should be regulated solely by an independent judiciary and its subordinate institutions (a self-regulating legal profession), 137 or whether lawyers should be subject to supervision by the Ministry of Justice in the executive branch. Some countries, like Italy, regulate lawyers at the regional level, 131 and a few, like Belgium, even regulate them at the local level (that is, they are licensed and regulated by the local equivalent of bar associations but can advocate in courts nationwide). In the English-speaking world, the largest mandatory professional association of lawyers is the State Bar of California , with 230,000 members.
In common law countries with divided legal professions, barristers traditionally belong to the bar council (or an Inn of Court) and solicitors belong to the law society. Law schools in developing countries share several common problems, such as an over reliance on practicing judges and lawyers who treat teaching as a part-time hobby (and a concomitant scarcity of full-time law professors); 86 87 incompetent faculty with questionable credentials; 88 and textbooks that lag behind the current state of the law by two or three decades. 69 In England and Wales, 70 the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) must be taken to have the right to work and be named as a barrister Students who decide to pursue a non-law subject at degree level can instead study the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) after their degrees, before beginning the Legal Practise Course (LPC) or BPTC.
64 In common law countries, prosecutors are usually lawyers holding regular licenses who simply happen to work for the government office that files criminal charges against suspects. In England and Wales, “lawyer” is used to refer to persons who provide reserved and unreserved legal activities and includes practitioners such as barristers , attorneys , solicitors , registered foreign lawyers, patent attorneys, trade mark attorneys, licensed conveyancers, public notaries, commissioners for oaths, immigration advisers and claims management services. However, in Quebec, civil law advocates (or avocats in French ) often call themselves “attorney” and sometimes “barrister and solicitor” in English, and all lawyers in Quebec, or lawyers in the rest of Canada when practicing in French, are addressed with the honorific title, “Me.” or ” Maître “.
A lawyer or attorney is a person who practices law , as an advocate , attorney , attorney at law , barrister , barrister-at-law , bar-at-law , counsel , counselor, counsellor, counselor at law, or solicitor , but not as a paralegal or charter executive secretary 1 Working as a lawyer involves the practical application of abstract legal theories and knowledge to solve specific individualized problems, or to advance the interests of those who hire lawyers to perform legal services. Lawyers from other EU Member States wishing to establish themselves permanently, with a view to practising in Portugal under the professional title of their country of origin, must register with the Bar Association. 1.9.9 Within Singapore´s legal fraternity, efforts, led by the Judiciary, are being made to encourage lawyers´ and their clients´ reception of ADR as a more satisfactory, faster and cheaper way of settling disputes.
The Law Society primarily upholds the interests of the practising lawyers whilst the Singapore Academy of Law seeks to advance the legal profession as a whole. Singapore lawyers are not permitted to charge contingency fees under the Legal Profession Act (Cap. 1.8.13 In order to bolster the public’s confidence in the law and the legal profession, the Judiciary has emphasised the imperative of ethical and socially responsible conduct of lawyers.
1.8.10 In recent years, there is a concern that a sizeable proportion of the Singapore lawyers are leaving legal practice for in-house counsel positions and other non-legal fields. Foreign lawyers who are employed by, or who are partners or directors of, the Joint Law Ventures may practise Singapore law, subject to certain requirements such as qualifications, expertise and experience and the restrictions on the areas of legal practice. Singapore law firms are entitled to employ appropriately qualified foreign lawyers to practise law subject to certain criteria, including appropriate qualifications, expertise and experience and the areas of legal practice of the lawyer and the law firm.
The Technology Courts were, for instance, set up to enable the sharing of information by lawyers and judges and the giving of evidence by witnesses via video conferencing. 1.3.14 The Chief Justice has urged the Singapore Bar to cite local court decisions in support of their arguments especially when the relevant points of law have been considered by the courts. 1.3.11 According to the Singapore Civil Law Act (Cap 43, 1999 Rev Ed), the Singapore courts are empowered to administer the Common Law as well as Equity concurrently.
1.3.6 The judicial approach of the Singapore courts to English common law precedents is based on two main factors: (1) the logic and reasoning underlying the case precedents; and (2) the need for adaptability to local circumstances and conditions. 1.2.33 Prior to the enactment of the Application of the English Law Act (Cap 7A, 1994 Rev Ed), the Second Charter of Justice provided the legal basis for the general reception of the principles and rules of English common law and equity and pre-1826 English statutes (only those of general application) into Singapore. Lower, more accurate rates mean more families can access legal services, lawyers can increase productivity without focusing on billable targets, and clients can trust their lawyers to be working toward their common goals.
Burnout in the field of family law is high, and many law students and lawyers are scared off from entering the field by stories of difficult clients and high-conflict counsel. Other law topics likely to be on offer include: constitutional law, criminal law, criminology, business law equity and trusts, human rights, international law (public or private), jurisprudence, labor law, land law, law and government, law and society, law and the individual, law of contract, law of Tort, legal methods, maritime law and tax law.