The Riigikogu approved with 69 votes in favour (1 against, 6 abstentions) the Act on Amendments to the Bar Association Act (164 SE), initiated by the Government, which is intended to ensure efficient and sustainable functioning of the Estonian Bar Association. The Bar Association Act is amended because, in view of the growth of the number of membership of the Bar Association, the current regulations of the Act have become outdated and do not allow the organisation to act with the necessary efficiency.
With the entry into force of the amendments, the administrative burden of the Estonian Bar Association in connection with the conducting of assessment interviews will decrease. The General Assembly of the Estonian Bar Association will no longer discuss individual matters unless a significant number of members so request. The Office of the Estonian Bar Association will have less administrative burden in connection with the preservation of certificates concerning the professional liability insurance, the continuing checking of the grounds for suspension of membership, and the delivery of notices to advocates. It is provided unambiguously that the right to act as an associate member of the Estonian Bar Association is granted to persons who wish to permanently operate in Estonia, and persons are admitted to the Bar Association if they reside in a member state of the European Economic Area or in Switzerland.
During the second reading, an amendment concerning a specification in the procedure for payment of the membership fee of the Bar Association was introduced to the Act.
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