The Sixth Administrative Court of Appeal recognized illegal the issuing of extracts from the SRAU by an unauthorized Bar Council of Kyiv

Advocacy 17:29 Wed 19.06.19 43 Reviews Print

The Sixth Administrative Court of Appeal recognized illegal the issuing of extracts from the SRAU by an unauthorized Bar Council of Kyiv. The court also acknowledged legal the refusal to submit data to the SRAU on the basis of an extract issued by the authorized council of advocates of Kyiv

The resolution was adopted on June 12, 2019, under the appeal of the UNBA to the decision of the District Administrative Court of Kyiv of December 28, 2018 in the case of an administrative case of an individual to the UNBA. The third person in the case was the Bar Council of Kyiv.

The District Administrative Court of Kyiv, by its decision of December 28, 2018, recognized unlawful the exclusion of public information on a advocate-plaintiff in the Single Register of Advocates of Ukraine and ordered UNBA to restore information about it in public on the official website of the Ukrainian National Bar Association.

At the appellate instance, UNBA appealed against such a decision, indicating that the provision of extracts from the SRAU by the first level administrator - the Bar Council of Kyiv - without their confirmation by the BCU with the display on the UNBA website in general is to provide inaccurate information and is contrary to Art. 17 of the Law of Ukraine "On the Bar and Advocacy", which corresponds to the legal conclusions of the Grand Chamber of the Supreme Court, set forth in the resolution dated November 7, 2018 in the case No. 607/3128/16-ц.

The panel of judges of the Court of Appeal revoked the decision of the District Administrative Court of Kyiv of December 28, 2018 and adopted a new ruling refusing to satisfy the administrative claim to the UNBA.

During the consideration of the case in the court of appeals it was established that an extract from the SRAU series AA No. 004650 dated August 10, 2016 (the time of formation of the extract 11:05), was formed and signed by the Head of the Bar Council of Kyiv Rafalska I.V., to which the plaintiff refers, does not confirm the completion of the aforementioned legally established procedure for the introduction of information about an advocate to the SRAU and their disclosure on the official website of the UNBA as active and open, but indicates that the regional council has made certain actions as the first level administrator. Consequently, such an excuse, in the sense of the requirements of the CAP of Ukraine, is inappropriate and inadmissible evidence of the subject of evidence in this case.

"System analysis of the set legal norms gives grounds to assert that the legislation regulates a two-stage procedure for the introduction of advocates' data to the SRAU: the first level administrator - the Council of Advocates of the region and the second level administrator - the BCU, which is authorized to exercise control over the activities of the advocates of the regions for data entry to SRAU, providing extracts from SRAU and ensuring the maintenance of the official website of UNBA. At the same time, only after the BCU's approval of the data submitted to the SRAU by the bar council of the region, they acquire the status of the information, become active and open and subject to disclosure on the official website of the UNBA", - the court ruling says. At the same time, the court refers to the ruling of the Grand Chamber of the Supreme Court dated November 7, 2018 in the case No. 607/3128/16-ц.

Also, the panel of judges notes that at the moment of the petition of the plaintiff to the Bar Council of Kyiv with a statement on the submission to the SRAU of the data about him, namely on June 13, 2016, BCU had already adopted the decision No. 156 dated June 11, 2016, which was precluded precisely the Bar Council of Kyiv to provide information on persons who have received certificates of the right to practice law on the basis of certificates of completion of the qualification examination issued by the non-authorized body - the QDBC starting from November 12, 2012. The specified prohibition extended to the submission of information about the plaintiff to the SRAU by the Bar Council of Kyiv.

In accordance with the requirements of Law No. 5076-VI, the BCU decision No. 156 dated June 11, 2016 was obligatory for the said bar council of the region to be implemented, and it was authorized by the BCU to exercise control over the activities of bar councils of the regions, that is, the Bar Council of Kyiv, concerning data entry to SRAU and provision of extracts from SRAU.

The plaintiff in the case did not provide any evidence to confirm that the decision No. 156 dated June 11, 2016 was unlawful and/or canceled.

"Taking into account the foregoing, taking into account the legal position of the Supreme Court, set forth in the resolution of November 8, 2018, the panel of judges came to the conclusion that there was no legal basis for the satisfaction of the claim, since information about the plaintiff in general was not subject to submission by the Bar Council of Ukraine to the SRAU, and in case of their discovery - were subject to immediate removal by the Bar Council of Ukraine as administrator of the second level", - stated in the court ruling.

The decision came into force from the date of its adoption and may be appealed within thirty days from the date of the complete court decision is issued by submitting a cassation appeal to the Supreme Court.

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