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May 01, 2008

Kosovo’s Attorneys Stay Abreast of Changing Ethical and Disciplinary Codes

May 2008

The Kosovo Chamber of Advocates (KCA) and the American Bar Association Ruleof Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) is organizing a series of Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Roundtables on Attorney Ethics and the Disciplinary System in Kosovo.  

Through these roundtables Kosovo attorneys will have the necessary information and training on the most recent revisions made to the Attorney’s Ethics Code and KCA’s Disciplinary System and the impact these changes will have on attorney’s day-to-day work.

The main revisions to the Attorney’s Ethic Code include: entitlement of individuals and individual lawyers to directly file complaints to the appropriate disciplinary bodies of KCA; introduction of lay persons into the disciplinary bodies of the KCA; and internal publication of the decisions ofthe KCA disciplinary bodies for serious violations.

Regarding the changes to the KCA’s disciplinary system, KCA President RamëGashi explains, “We are determined to enforce the implementation of this new disciplinary system and we believe that having this system right will help the legal profession in Kosovo.”

The first CLE roundtable was held in Pristina on March 29, 2008, and will be followed by roundtables in other Kosovo regions. The event in Pristina was marked with the participation of Pristina region attorneys and the great coverage of print and electronic media.

A brochure on this topic titled “Know Your Rights in Relation to Your Attorney” is being produced and distributed to all Kosovo attorneys and the general public.