Belgium Bar Association
Maison de l'Avocat
Avenue de la Toison d'Or
32 2 534 67 73
32 2 539 39 20
In Belgium there are 28 Bars and 29 Orders of Advocates. There is an Order in the chieftown of each "arrondissement". The Order comprises all "avocats/advocaten/Rechtsanwalts" who have office in the arrondissement and all trainees there. Brussels has however an Order of French-speaking "avocets" at its Bar and a separate Order of Dutch-speaking "advocaten".
Article 488 of the Judicial Code provides that all the Belgian Bars together constitute the "Ordre national des avocets de Belgique/Belgische Nationale Orde van Advocaten" (Belgian Bar Association).
In total there are about 12,000 avocats/advocaten in Belgium.
The annual cost of membership for each Bar depends on the number of "avocats/advocaten" enrolled at the Bar.
The General Council also has a unifying role as regards the rules and customs of the profession through the links which it creates between the members of the various Bars. It adopts regulations for this purpose. The General Council ensures the running of the Belgian Bar Association (Article 494 of the Judicial Code).
An older and more experienced colleague then initiates the young lawyer into professional practice for three years.
During this period of training, the newly sworn-in lawyer must take a series of courses oriented towards practical experience in the profession. This specific training, called CAPA, culminates with examinations.
The directive on a general system for the recognition of higher education diplomas as well as the A.R. of 2 May 1996 also make it possible for lawyers coming from a European Union member state to practice in Belgium providing a qualifying examination organised by the Belgian Bar Association.
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