- Published: March 31, 2015
High-ranking representatives of the Kyrgyz Ministry of Justice and the newly established Lawyers' Council of the Kyrgyz Republic came to Berlin on a study trip from 16 to 21 March 2015. The visit was headed by the Kyrgyz Minister of Justice, Ms Jyldyz Mambetalieva. It continues the IRZ's consultations on major reforms of the legal profession in Kyrgyzstan which have been implemented since the "law on the legal profession" came into effect in summer 2014.
The visit started with a meeting with the Parliamentary State Secretary, Mr Christian Lange, at the Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection. The programme furthermore included expert talks with the following institutions:
- Gemeinsames Juristisches Prüfungsamt Berlin-Brandenburg (GJPA) [Joint Judicial Examination Board of Berlin and Brandenburg], Senate Administration of Berlin for the Judiciary and Consumer Protection
- the Federal Bar
- The German-Central Asian Parliamentary Group of the German Bundestag
- the law firm Raue LLP, lawyers and notaries
- the Regional Court of Berlin
The exchange focussed on the experience of the German legal profession on its way towards self-administration and the role of the legal profession as an independent body of the administration of justice in a legal system governed by the rule of law. Particular attention was paid to the legal training, being the basis of high-quality legal services and the prerequisite for the recognition of lawyers within the judiciary and society, which still has a large potential for development in Kyrgyzstan.