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Emir amends Law Practice Act provisions

Emir amends Law Practice Act provisions


QNA
Doha
The Emir HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al Thani on Tuesday issued Law No1 of 2018, amending some of the provisions of the Law Practice Act promulgated by Law 23 of 2006.
The law included expanding the scope of the Department of State Affairs in the Ministry of Justice to include public bodies, institutions, ministries and other government agencies, in addition to regulating the work of legal officers in private companies and institutions by granting them the right to provide legal advice, drafting, registration and documentation of contracts.
The law requires non-Qatari lawyers working in Qatari law firms to obtain a licence from the Lawyers Acceptance Committee to appear before the courts.
It also added new requirements for the registration of lawyers who have worked in the judiciary and/or the prosecution.
The law makes it mandatory for lawyers to complete at least five years of judicial work, and pass the personal interview and tests set by the committee for registration.
The law also requires lawyers applying for registration at the Courts of Appeal and Cassation to submit the necessary documents and inform the committee about their previous work, in addition to completing the work tenure before lower courts.
The law also details the registration requirements before the Court of Cassation for the categories of employees in government and private bodies, in terms of duration and nature of the work and in accordance with the regulations issued by the Minister of Justice.
The law allows for the payment of bonus to the lawyer under training to include, in addition to training at the Center for Legal and Judicial Studies, the duration of training that heor she spends in one of the law offices.
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