03 October 2011

UNMIT is ready to support East Timor Lawyers Association

East Timor Legal News 03/10/2011 Source: Suara Timor Lorosae September 30, 2011 language - Deputy of the United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT) Finn Rieske Nielson said that UNMIT has a commitment to support the East Timor Lawyers Association (AATL) established as an independent bar assocation of lawyres as an integral part of the nation's judicial system.

Nielson said that it is important for improving the judicial system so that the country can make positive progress in the future. The bar association should also be independence.

"If it is possible then the order of lawyers should be set up independently so that it can regulate lawyers in carrying out their work. The work of lawyers will benefit people and therefore before implementing the planned bar association, it should be thoroughly discussed," Nielson said.

Justice Minister Lucia Lobato was proud of the lawyers association conference adding that the role of lawyers is to defend the rights of all the people and to contribute to the judicial administration.

The Portugal Bar President Antonio Pinto said there is no democracy without justice and no justice if there are no lawyers. He added that the advocate's role is to defend the rights of people in trials or judicial process.

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