GARD Lawyers fear the disappearance of professional secrecy

A hundred lawyers gathered in front of the Nîmes courthouse (Photo Corentin Corger)

As part of a national response, the bars of Alès and Nîmes demonstrated this Tuesday, November 16 to oppose the adoption of a bill which calls into question the professional secrecy of the lawyer.

The black robes are angry. They disapprove of the text of the bill for confidence in the judicial institution adopted by the Joint Joint Committee in mid-October, which threatens the confidentiality of exchanges with their clients if financial offenses are suspected in cases of money laundering, fraud taxation, corruption and terrorist financing. Gathered at the beginning of the afternoon on the steps of the Alès courthouse, the lawyers consider, through the voice of the barrister Claire Sadoul, that this is ” of an attack on an essential principle of public and individual freedoms ” and a ” decline of the rule of law. »

professional secrecyshe continues, it is above all the secret of the customers. If they can no longer trust us, we will not be able to work properly (…) This is a very serious danger for our profession. “Olivier Massal, the future chairman, fears that this bill” opens a terrible breach and makes it impossible to defend the persons prosecuted. ” It’s as if there were no more medical secrets. Transparency has its limits and investigators have enough resources “, he underlines. The Conference of Presidents therefore asks ” with the greatest firmness that the Government present an amendment to the National Assembly on the occasion of the vote on the text scheduled for Tuesday, November 16, 2021.

This is why all the bars in France have decided to mobilize in front of all the courthouses in France at 1:30 p.m. Of the 400 lawyers of the bar of Nîmes, a hundred gathered, placards and flags in hand in front of the Court of Appeal. “Protecting your freedoms is protecting what you entrust to us”could we read on the posters proudly brandished by the lawyers. “We are on a problem of principle, professional secrecy must be untouchable”, insists the president of Nîmes, Jacques Coudurier, whose full testimony can be found in the video above. If he does not win his case, the National Bar Council is considering bringing a constitutional complaint.

Élodie Boschet (in Alès) and Corentin Corger (in Nîmes)

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