Lawyers from the Pyrénées-Orientales Bar met in front of the Perpignan courthouse this Tuesday, November 16 at 1:30 p.m.
While the bill for confidence in the judiciary is being debated in the National Assembly with a vote scheduled for this Wednesday, November 17, lawyers from the Pyrénées-Orientales bar met in front of the Perpignan courthouse to protest against the text which provides for the abolition of professional secrecy in certain cases.
“Article 3 of this text, if adopted, will upset the legal profession, by opening a gaping breach in the unlimited and absolute nature of our professional secrecy”was indignant the president of the bar association, Raymond Escalé.
The article in question provides that the professional secrecy of lawyers will no longer be enforceable against investigation or investigation measures in two cases: the first, when these investigations concern financial offenses such as money laundering, passive corruption or active, influence peddling or tax evasion, and the second, when the lawyer has been the subject of maneuvers for the purpose of unintentionally allowing the prosecution, commission or concealment of an offence.
“This destroys the protection of professional secrecy whatever the offence, by creating an unintentional complicity which refers to a presumption of weakness of the lawyer. This is a historic decline in the rights of the litigant in terms of secrecy professional”he continues.
The national bodies of the bar association are continuing their discussions with the Chancellery for this point in the text of the law: “Ideally, I personally think that a constitutional value should be given to professional secrecy. This would be a real step forward”concludes Raymond Escalé.