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The government through the Ministry of Justice has initiated a new law that will regulate the activity of lawyers and especially those in private practice.

Government through the Ministry of Justice has initiated a new law that will regulate the activity of lawyers and especially those in private practice.

Minister of Justice Ivo Valente said the context of the law is delimitate clearly the relationship between private lawyers and the justice system in Timor-Leste. It will also establish clear rules for bilateral cooperation with other countries and how law is practiced by domestic and international lawyers in the country.
Minister Valente added despite the increasing numbers of lawyers practicing in Timor; there aren’t clear regulations.
"We will be able to better regulate them [lawyers] through established law,” he said.
The lawyers law will address such issues including the status of lawyers and what institution best represents their interests, which the government is committed to letting lawyers determine for themselves before presenting to the national parliament.
"They sham discuss and decide these matters including what type of institution they need as long as it is according to the law,” added Minister Valente.
On the other hand, the Deputy President of Commission A (for constitutional, justice, public administration, local role and anti-corruption affairs), MP Arão Noe acknowledged that his commission is currently discussing this issue.
He added that the commission has been considering this issues since 2013 but due to a backlog of other priority laws to debate, Commission has not been able to discuss its substance.
"This is a very important law that needs to be discussed because it will regulate private lawyers working in Timor. We already have many private lawyers,” said MP Noe.
He added the new law will clearly prescribe what private lawyers can and cannot do.

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