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Public Legal Aid Attorney
Lawyers employed by Public Legal Aid Offices are called Public Legal Aid Attorneys.
The requirements for eligibility for the office of Public Legal Aid Attorney are a Masterís degree in law and adequate experience of advocacy or adjudication. Most Public Legal Aid Attorneys hold the title of varatuomari, which means that they have completed a judicial traineeship at a District Court and obtained a judicial qualification. The Public Legal Aid Attorneys are appointed by the The Leading Public Legal Aid Attorney. The Leading Public Legal Aid Attorneys are appointed by the Minister of Justice.
Public Legal Aid Attorneys are engaged in advocacy before courts of law; they are under the obligation to observe proper advocacy conduct in their activities. In this respect, they are subject to the disciplinary powers of the Finnish Bar Association. More than half the Public Legal Aid Attorneys in Finland are members of the Bar Association. The Public Legal Aid Attorneys are independent of any other actors in the performance of their commissions.
The work of a Public Legal Aid Attorney requires broad competence in legal matters and good interpersonal and negotiation skills. He or she must be able to express himself or herself clearly both in writing and in spoken word. Ability to withstand stress is also necessary, as the tasks of a Public Legal Aid Attorney are variable, often urgent, and normally concern persons who are experiencing a crisis in their life.
Updated on 1 October 2012