Regulation Directory project - France

Legal Jurisdictions

France

Lawyer Title(s)

Avocat

Regulator(s) of Admission

Licences to practice in France are issued by local Bar Associations (see the Conseil National des Barreaux for details www.CNB.avocat.fr).

Contact/URL

http://cnb.avocat.fr/

Regulator(s) of Practice

The Conseil National des Barreaux

Contact/URL

http://cnb.avocat.fr/

Disciplinary Authorities

The prosecuting authority is the President of the association, who receives the complaints, and, if necessary, handles them by conducting an ethics-based inquiry into the alleged facts, or the Attorney General of the Court of Appeal.

Contact/URL

http://cnb.avocat.fr/Being-a-Lawyer-in-France-Professional-Regulations-Obligations_a1741.html

Other Bodies involved in Regulation of the Legal Profession

It should be noted that the Code of Conduct for Lawyers in the European Community, which applies to cross-border activities within the EU, and was adopted in Strasbourg in 1988 by the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe, was incorporated into the RINs, and is, therefore mandatory for all French attorneys.

Contact/URL

http://cnb.avocat.fr/Reglement-Interieur-National-de-la-profession-d-avocat-RIN_a281.html#CDAE

Primary Legislative Source

The legal profession is governed primarily by Act 90-1259 of December 31, 1990, which amends Act 71-1130 of December 31, 1971, and by its Implementing Decree 91-1197 of November 27, 1991.

Contact/URL

http://www.legifrance.gouv.fr/affichTexte.do?cidTexte=JORFTEXT000000356568