In Essonne, lawyers demonstrate against the bill on professional secrecy

Nearly thirty lawyers from the Essonne bar met on Tuesday before the Evry court, as has been done in other bars in the country. The black robes are upwind against the bill “for confidence in the judicial institution”, an article of which concerns the professional secrecy of the lawyer. They demand its withdrawal. This text was voted on by a joint committee (National Assembly and Senate) on 21 October. Only the government can still amend it.

“This text is a serious breach of professional secrecy, believes the president of Essonne, Laurent Caruso, who split a letter to the Keeper of the Seals, Éric Dupond-Moretti. From now on, professional secrecy will not be enforceable in cases of money laundering, tax evasion and terrorist financing. It also creates a new offense, that of unintentional complicity of the lawyer. Concretely, the investigators will be able, in this type of case, to search law firms without the President of the Bar being able to oppose it.

“This is a problem because professional secrecy protects the litigant. A litigant who wants to be defended without being able to confide in his lawyer on pain of being prosecuted no longer has the right to an effective defence. If the State wants to carry out investigations to find the fraudsters, it should give the means to the investigation services without suspecting us in an insulting way of participating in financial crime,” Laurent Caruso is annoyed. A new demonstration is planned this Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. in front of the Senate in Paris.

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