28 February 2017
“Attorneys’ сommunity against a public defender service”. Comment of Shamil Shikhshaidov, Bar's attorney, for pravo.ru
Today, Vladimir Shepel, Head of the Vologda Regional Court, has proposed to replace state-appointed attorneys with a designated public defender service. According to Shepel, it would improve the quality of legal aid in criminal cases which is now leaves much to be desired. The attorneys’ community has responded negatively to the initiative: some are indignant that the initiative encroaches upon the principle of attorney independence, other note that the initiative will consume huge amounts of money which would be more useful if they were allocated for increasing salaries of state-appointed defense lawyers. The Federal Chamber of Lawyers (RFCL) recommends waiting until a professional standard for criminal defense attorneys is passed which would change the situation.
The initiative has been proposed because of the law quality of state-appointed attorneys’ work.