ILAM asks for list of suspended lawyers
LAWYERS wrongly disbarred under previous government administrations may regain the right to practise.
The Independent Lawyers’ Association of Myanmar (ILAM) has written asking the Supreme Court for a list of lawyers who were struck off under previous governments.
ILAM deputy chair Tawwin U Khin Maung Than said on August 19 the aim of the exercise was to restore the licence to any lawyer wrongly disbarred.
“We’re sending our request this week. Once we have the exact list of disbarred lawyers, we will be able to find out the grounds for disbarment and see if we can help them.”
Where lawyers were removed from the rolls in a manner not in accordance with the 1929 Burma Lawyers’ Council Act, or if a licence was denied because the applicant was regarded as a foreigner under the 1982 Burma Citizenship Law (Bar Council), they might be able to get their licence back.
“The association will analyse whether the licences were confiscated in accordance with the 1929 Bar Council Law or not. If not, we will take the matter to the hluttaw, the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission, the relevant government departments and the Supreme Court itself,” said ILAM secretary U Thein Than Oo.
The ILAM has invited any lawyer disbarred under previous governments to contact them.
– Translation by San Layy