Advocacy and Licensing of Legal Activity

Licensing of advocacy

2 112 attorneys are operating, 161 legal consultations and 89 legal offices are functioning, 1 law office is in the process of liquidation, 344 attorneys are acting individually in the Republic of Belarus as of October 1, 2019.

The Qualification Commission on issues of Advocacy in the Republic of Belarus held 10 meetings.

On the results of the review of materials:

  • 43 special authorizations (licenses) to exercise advocacy activity (hereinafter – the license) were issued
  • 28 applicants were denied in issuance of licenses due to non-compliance with the licensing requirements and conditions;
  • 18 licenses were terminated, 1 of which for the reason of gross violation of the law on licensing, licensing requirements and conditions by the licensee;
  • 70 licenses were amended.

For the specified period the Qualification Commission:

  • admitted 62 license applicants to pass the qualification exam;
  • refused 1 applicant to pass the qualification exam;
  • certified 20 lawyers.

Licensing of legal services (as components of licensed services)

1 424 licensees were providing legal services, 1 134 of which were individual entrepreneurs and 290 were legal entities.

The Commission on Licensing of Legal Services with indication “legal services” held 27 meetings within 9 months of 2019, at which 288 materials were reviewed.

On the results of the review of materials:

  • 156 special authorizations (licenses) to provide legal services (as components of licensed services) were issued, 125 of them to individual entrepreneurs and 31 to legal entities;
  • 5 applicants were denied in special authorizations (licenses) to provide legal services (as components of licensed services): 3 individual entrepreneurs, and 2 legal entities;
  • 73 special authorizations (licenses) to provide legal services (as components of licensed services) were amended, of which 33 individual entrepreneurs’, 40 legal entities’;
  • 5 special authorizations (licenses) to provide legal services (as components of licensed services) were suspended;
  • 1 special authorization (license) to provide legal services (as components of licensed activity of services) was renewed;
  • 54 special authorizations (licenses) to provide legal services (as components of a licensed activity of services) were terminated, 40 of which were individual entrepreneurs’, 14 were legal entities’, including 1 individual entrepreneur’s terminated for wrongful actions.

21 orders to eliminate revealed violations of the law were issued to licensees providing legal services.

Licensing of real estate services

145 organizations provided real estate services, 139 of which were granted special authorizations (licenses) to provide legal services with indication “the licensed type of the service activity – real estate services” by the Ministry of Justice (hereinafter – the license for providing real estate services) in the Republic of Belarus as of October 1, 2019.

The Commission on Licensing of Legal Services with indication “real estate services” within 9 months of 2010 held 15 meetings, at which 297 materials were reviewed.

On the results of the review of materials:

  • 16 licenses to provide real estate services were issued;
  • 7 applicants were denied in licenses;
  • 23 licenses for the providing of real estate services were amended;
  • 14 licenses for the providing real estate services were terminated, 7 of them on the basis of wrongful grounds;
  • 47 certificates of realtor certification were issued;
  • 54 certificates of realtor certification were prolonged;
  • 5 certificates of realtor certification were amended;
  • orders for violations of the law, regulating the provision of real estate services were issued to 10 holders of certificates of realtor certification;
  • the validity of the identification plastic card, certifying realtor’s authority to provide real estate services, were suspended for 4 real estate specialists;
  • validity of 1 certificate of realtor certification was terminated;
  • 3 certificates of realtor certification were terminated.

Orders were issued to eliminate revealed violations to 6 legal entities providing real estate services.

Mediation

740 mediator certificates were issued in the Republic of Belarus as of October 1, 2019.

The Qualification Commission on Mediation held 4 meetings within 9 months of 2019.

On the results of the review of materials 130 mediator certificates were issued.

1 mediator certificate was terminated at the request of the mediator.

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