Moscow court refuses to repeal Professional Ethics Code for Lawyers
MOSCOW, December 1 (RAPSI) - The Khamovnichesky District Court of Moscow has dismissed a lawsuit filed by lawyer Igor Trunov demanding to declare the Professional Ethics Code inoperative, the applicant told RAPSI on Friday.
According to Trunov, the Professional Ethics Code and the Rules of Lawyers’ Conduct fail to meet the Federal Law “On Legal Practice and Advocacy in the Russian Federation” and contain provisions contradicting with the principle of legal certainty and leading to corruption and abused discretion.
Legal examination of the Code’s compliance with the Russian legislation and anti-corruption examination are necessary, Trunov stated.
In December 2016, Moscow’s Lefortovsky District Court overturned the Moscow Regional Bar Association’s decision on disbarment of Trunov and ordered restoration of his attorney status.
The Moscow Regional Bar Association’s Counsel ruled to disbar Trunov in September 2016. The lawyer viewed the decision as strange and unexpected because the Association had recognized his public activity as a disciplinary case. “I have spoken at a news conference about problems existing in the society, specifically about corruption in the bar. This particular speech at a public venue was declared a disciplinary case by the Counsel on the base of the Professional Code of Conduct. But the Code has never regulated public activities. That’s why I think, this decision has a political component,” Trunov said earlier.