‘One Step Forward, Two Steps Backward’ – GħSL condemns Bill 217

Posted On June 14, 2021

Today GħSL (Għaqda Studenti tal-Liġi) released a statement critisising Bill 217, describing it as “dangerous and [is] a threat to the legal profession”.

Bill 217 was proposed 2 weeks ago in Parliament. The bill seeks to legitimise the legal services provided by non-warranted legal professionals. The only situation in which these people cannot serve is when clients need to be represented in the courtroom. Thus non-warranted services can be provided without any oversight from the Committee for Advocates and Legal Procurators.

Should this bill pass, it will overturn the previous amendment passed this year through Act XIX. This amendment was one of the several that GħSL had proposed in their Lawyer’s Act policy paper last April.

GħSL agrees with the Chamber of Advocates that a distinction should be made with individuals who hold an academic degree in law and those who are licensed to practice it, to ensure that clients can properly turn to professionals most suited to their needs. The organisation has called upon all relevant stakeholders to work together to ensure the bettering of the legal profession.

Written by Daniela Chatlani

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