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Conditions of Moving to the General Roll

At the end of internship and Registration in the Lawyers’ Roll

Article 27 of the Law on Organizing the Profession of Law

(amended by Law No. 18/78 issued on 18/12/1978)
(by Law No.42, dated 19/2/1991)
(by Law No.95, dated 21/9/1991
)

Please click here: Circular by the General Roll Rapporteur on the documents required to submit the application of moving to the General Roll

Circular by the General Roll Rapporteur on the documents required to submit the application of moving to the General Roll

The required documents to submit the application to move to the General Roll are the following:

1- An attestation from the lawyer of the office where the applicant completed his internship at, proving his perseverance on internship for 3 years.

2- An attestation from the office owner proving that an independent room was allocated for the applicant.

3- An attestation certifying that the internship attended two-thirds of the internship lecture.

4- A statement of the lawsuits or cases in which he participating in studying or in pleading, signed by him and the lawyer whom he had internship with, whereby each bears the responsibility of the content of the statement.

5- An attestation from the Bar Institute proving the he finished the specialized workshops.

6- A statement issued by the Social Security Fund that is not more than 2 months old, proving that the applicant is not subscribed to the fund.

7- An attestation from the Imbursement Directorate at the Ministry of Finance that is not more than 2 months old, certifying that the applicant has not earned salaries from the Treasury.

8- For repeaters, a new approval from the office owner proving that a room has been allocated for him.

9- With respect to those who did not attend the previous sessions and whose names were listed on the oral exam charts, they should submit a letter explaining the reasons of their absence.

With respect to the lawyers whose internship has been extended to 31/12/2010, they have to prove the following when they submit new applications:

1- That they performed what was entrusted to them by the Council of the Bar upon the proposal of the Examinations Committee.

2- Their perseverance on attending internship lectures throughout the extension period of internship, as per the certificate mentioned in Clause No.3 above.

3- That they continue to attend court sessions during the period of internship extension as per the statement mentioned in Clause No.4 above.

Thursday on 14/4/2011
General Roll Rapporteur
Andre Chidiac
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The Application for Registration in the Lawyers’ Roll shall be submitted to the Council of the Bar. Every application is subject to the special provisions, according to what is set forth in the following two paragraphs:

First: Application submitted by the intern lawyer:

The application shall be submitted after the internship period is over, enclosed with the following documents:

1- An attestation from the lawyer of the office where the applicant completed his internship at, proving his perseverance on internship for 3 years.

2- An attestation from the Secretariat of the Council that certifies his attendance of two-thirds of the internship lectures.

3- A statement of the lawsuits or cases in which he participating in studying or in pleading, signed by him and the lawyer whom he had internship with, whereby each bears the responsibility of the content of the statement.

4- Receipts proving payment of the registration transfer fee, the pension fund fee and the annual subscription fee that is due since the date of his registration in the Lawyers’ Roll.

Second: Application submitted by a former judge:

The application shall be submitted after leaving the judicial corps and the following special provisions apply to him:

A former judge is exempt from the condition related to the age defined in Article 5 of this law. Moreover, the conditions provided for in this article are deemed fulfilled and proved with the attestation given to the judge from the competent administrative reference, which includes that he has exercised this judicial job for three years at least and that his services were not terminated for a disciplinary reason that breaches honor and dignity.
A judge exempt from the condition of age or the one subscribed to the Judges Mutual Fund and who is a member of the Bar Association does not benefit from all the benefits offered by the bar to its members, including the retirement pension, as well as the health and social benefits.

Article 28 of the Law Organizing the Profession of Law
The Council of the Bar is entitled to evaluate the registration of the intern in the mentioned roll or extend the period of his internship.

Article 31 of the Law Organizing the Profession of Law
If a lawyer fails to pay his subscription fees for three consecutive years without an excuse that is accepted by the Council of the Bar, his name shall be stricken out of the General Roll after warning him and after one month passes after the warning. He may not join the bar if he does not pay the registration fee again.

Article 43: (Amended pursuant to the Council of the Bar’s decision on 5/3/2010)
“In addition the provisions stipulated in Article 27 of the Law Organizing the Profession of Law, and in implementation of the provisions of Article 28 of the same law which entitle the Council of the Bar to evaluate the registration of an intern in the Lawyers’ Roll or extend his internship; and pursuant to the provisions of Article 31 of the By-laws, the application of registration of the intern in the General Roll is subject to the rules stipulated as follows:

1- The General Roll rapporteur sets the deadline for submitting registration applications in the General Roll in every session, and he announces them in all locations of the bar in Beirut and the governorates. No application shall be accepted after the deadline has passed. 

2- The General Roll rapporteur should verify that the conditions stipulated in Article 27 of the Law Organizing the Profession and stipulated in the By-laws and the Bar Institute By-laws, regarding those subject to the provisions of the latter, are met in the registration application in the General Roll. The rapporteur should not allow into the session any application that does not meet these conditions.

3- The intern who is applying for registration in the General Roll first sits to an oral exam in the presence of the internship provider in person.

4- The oral exam takes place before a committee that includes the president of the bar or whoever he delegates, and the secretary and the General Roll rapporteur as members, as well as two other members chosen by the president. The president chooses an alternative member when he is absent or when one of the members is. The committee meeting is considered legal with a quorum of three of its members at least. Members of the Committee shall comply with the confidentiality of the deliberations.

5- The Council of the Bar holds  a session every year for the oral and written exam that starts in April. When necessary, the Council may hold another session or more.

6- The subjects of the oral exams in order to register in the General Roll include a topic in:
General Knowledge, the Law Organizing the Profession of Law, its by-laws and ethics, as two obligatory subjects; the Civil Code of Procedures or the Penal Code of Procedures or the Administrative Code of Procedures. The intern has to choose two out of these three legal subjects.

7- Based on the result of the oral exam, the committee recommends to the Council of the Bar to take the adequate decision by accepting the intern to take the written test to register in the General Roll, or by not accepting him, and hence extend his internship till the next session.

8- The intern applicant for registration in the General roll who successfully passed the oral exam sits to a written test, and the passing grade is 50 minimum out of 100. If the applicant-intern did not obtain this score, he can take the written text again in the session following the session he failed.

9- The subjects of the written test include: legal general knowledge; the Law Organizing the Profession, its by-laws and ethics; Translation; the Civil Code of Procedures; the Penal Code of Procedures; the Administrative Code of 
Procedures; Arbitration; Contracts and different types of lawsuits, provided that the proposed legal topics tackle in particular the lawsuits, regulations, memoranda, contacts, consultations and comments on verdicts.
The subjects of legal general knowledge, the Law Organizing the Profession, its by-laws and ethics, and Translation are mandatory. And the applicant-intern is given the right to choose three subjects out of five regarding the legal material mentioned above.

The intern may be given in all obligatory and optional subjects or some of them the right to choose from between more than one topic. The 100 marks of the written text is distributed as follows: 20 marks for each of the legal general knowledge and translation, 15 marks for the Law Organizing the Profession, its by-laws and ethics, 15 marks for each of the 3 legal subjects.

10- A draw is done regarding the questions to be asked which are submitted by the members of the Examinations Committee on the day of the exam. The questions are distributed by the president or the General Roll rapporteur to the intern applicants.

11- These written exams take place and are corrected according to the procedures mentioned in the amended Article 19 of the By-laws, provided that the General Roll rapporteur replaces the the Internship Rapporteur where the latter has been mentioned and provided that the General Roll rapporteur be a third corrector is there is discrepancy between the correctors of more than 7 marks, and if the applicant-intern failed with one of the correctors and passed with the other.
The final mark of the test is calculated in this case on the basis of the mean average of the 3 scores given by the two correctors and the rapporteurs.

12- The amendments relevant to Article 43 are applied once this decision is issued.”


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