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Lawyers demand exemption from security measures in court premises

Lawyers all across Cyprus are raising again the issue of demanding an exemption from court security measures already in progress such as going through arches and X-ray machines.

The Cyprus Bar Association has decided to request a review of the obligation for mandatory screening of lawyers through arches upon entering court buildings. This is an obligation sealed by the Supreme Court.

Cyprus Bar Association chief Christos Clerides last week sent a relevant letter to the president of the Supreme Court, Philenews reported on Monday.

The letter underlines that lawyers, as collaborators in the administration of justice, should be exempted from the specific security measures – just as judges are.

And that, in the last 60 plus years of operation of courts there has not been any security issue related to conduct or other action by a legal expert. No study to demonstrate the opposite has been carried out, either.

“We have acknowledged over time the need for security in court premises to be strengthened. However, the Bar Association’s position is that measures taken to strengthen security should not  inconvenience and/or hinder, in any way, the exercise of lawyers’ duties,” it is also noted in the letter.

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