Evaluation of the Act on the position and supervision of the legal profession

Constitutional and administrative law / Legal profession

Evaluation of the Act on the position and supervision of the legal profession

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Summary

The legal profession fulfils an important and special role and position in the constitutional state. The Dutch Act on Advocates (Advocatenwet, AW) guarantees the special position of the lawyer. Various recommendations and research reports at the end of the last and the start of this century showed that supervision was insufficient and needed modernization and improvement, partly due to the growth of the legal profession and the increasing internationalization in recent decades.
After a complex legislative process, this finding ultimately led to the Act of 1 October 2014 amending the Act on Advocates, and some other laws relating to the position of the legal profession in the legal order and reviewing the supervision of the legal profession (Act on the position and supervision of the legal profession (Wet positie en toezicht advocatuur, Wpta)), which amended the Act on Advocates and some other laws as of 1 January 2015.

The main research question is:
Does the system of supervision introduced by the Act on the position and supervision of the legal profession function in accordance with its objectives, how do other legislative amendments, including the disciplinary rules, work and do they contribute to the quality of the legal profession?

Publication data

Author(s):
Winter, H., Herregodts, R., Krol, E., Schout, A.
Organization(s):
University Groningen - Pro Facto, WODC
Place of publication:
Groningen
Publisher:
University Groningen - Pro Facto
Year of publication:
2020

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