Annual Conference of Legal Advisers/Associates in Courts and POs

Model Code of Ethics for Legal Advisers/Associates Adopted

Published on: October 01, 2018

On September 29, 2018, the Association of Legal Associates and Advisors in Courts and Prosecutors' Offices in Bosnia and Herzegovina (USS BiH) adopted a Model Code of Ethics for Legal Associates and Advisers in Courts and Prosecutors' Offices in Konjic. The principles and rules of this Model Code of Ethics set minimum standards of conduct that legal associates and advisors should apply in both professional and private life.

Legal associates and advisers in the judiciary in BiH contribute to the exercise of the jurisdiction of judicial institutions to a significant extent. They, among other things, provide support to judges and prosecutors in the decision-making process, identify key elements when it comes to a particular case, and analyze facts and evidence. This type of task requires seriousness and commitment to work, hence their actions and behavior must be in accordance with the highest ethical standards.

"The model code of ethics is actually a proposal by the USS BiH to the competent institutions to unify ethical rules for legal associates and advisers, thus overcoming existing normative fragmentation in this regard. I am using this opportunity to invite all competent institutions to adapt the rules applicable to certain categories of expert associates and advisors in the Code of Ethics Code as a first step,” said USS BiH President Selena Beba.

She added that citizens' trust is very important for the judicial system of a country, and that the adoption of this Code of Ethics is definitely a step forward for profelegal associates and advisers in BiH who seek to maintain this trust through actions in accordance with the principles of honesty, integrity, impartiality, equity, accessibility, accountability and effectiveness.

On this occasion, there was also a training and discussion on the ethical dilemmas encountered by legal associates and advisors in the judiciary, for example what is confidential information, what is the conflict of interest and how to solve it, and how to maintain independence and impartiality. This training and discussion was led by Victoria Henley, international expert on ethics in the judiciary.

The Drafting of the Model Code of Ethics and the organization of this event was supported by USAID's Justice Project in BiH.