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Iran: New Regulations on Lawyers Suspended After Bar Associations Object

(Sept. 10, 2009) The Bar Associations of Tehran and of all provincial cities in Iran unanimously and strenuously objected to new regulations recently recommended by the Judiciary. These regulations authorize the Judiciary to extend or suspend the permits of practicing lawyers. The Bar Associations Union, reflecting the opposition of the Bar Associations, demanded that the regulations be withdrawn forthwith.

The Union argued that the Bar Association is an independent institution and has the right to suspend or renew the permits of its members. Encroaching on this right of the Bar Association is inconsistent with its independence and strikes to the very foundation of justice, the Union said.

As a result of this unanimous and strong opposition, the Chairman of the Judiciary suspended the implementation of the regulations for a period of six months. (Following Strong Objection of the Bar Associations of Iran, the Judiciary Withheld Implementation of the New Regulations [in Farsi], Iran Times International, Aug. 7, 2009, at 5.)