An unofficial English translation of Law of the National Parliament of East Timor Regulating the Private Practice of Law and the Training of Lawyers is now available at East Timor Law Journal. See the Recent Legislation text box.
Excerpt from the Preamble: The State has the duty of regulating the private practise of law in such a way as to ensure that it contributes towards a sound administration of justice and to safeguard the citizens’ rights and legitimate interests. Furthermore the Private Practise of Law must still be guided by the public interest resultant from the nature of the lawyer's role, in carrying out the constitutional command of article 135 of the Constitution of the Republic.
It is therefore important to define the private lawyers' statute and to establish mechanisms for their professional training, moreover guaranteeing that the private practise of law is conducted with respect to basic ethical rules.