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General Information

31.08.2015

The Israel Bar Association was established in 1961 as an autonomous statutory entity in order to incorporate the lawyers in Israel and to assure the standard and integrity of the legal profession.

About the Israel Bar Association

The Israel Bar Association was established in 1961 as an autonomous statutory entity, under the Bar Association Law -1961, with the goal to incorporate the lawyers in Israel and to assure the standards and integrity of the legal profession. The Bar Association is a corporate body, and is subject to inspection by the State Comptroller. Membership is mandatory and is a pre-requisite to practicing law in Israel.

 

 

 

Number of Members:

In 1996 the Israel Bar had only approximately 17,000 advocates registered as members. As of August 2015, the Israel Bar has 73,726 advocates registered as members.

As such, the ratio of lawyers to the general population in Israel is among the highest in the world.

 

Statutory Functions:

The functions of the Israel Bar are stipulated by law and include:

  • To register, supervise and hold examinations for legal interns;

A person is competent to be a lawyer in Israel if he attained a recognized academic degree in law, served the statutory legal internship period (presently one year) and passed the Bar examinations.

  • To license new lawyers and to issue licenses to practice law in Israel;

The Bar has the authority not to admit to its ranks anyone who has been convicted of an offense involving moral turpitude, or if certain facts are revealed while providing a basis to deem the candidate as an unfit lawyer. Such decision is also subject to scrutiny by the Supreme Court.

  • To take disciplinary measures against lawyers and legal interns;

The Law obligates the Israel Bar to maintain an internal disciplinary system. The disciplinary system is made up of a National Disciplinary Tribunal and five District Disciplinary Tribunals; Complaints against lawyers are brought before the District Ethics Committees (DEC), which then decide whether to submit charges. The Attorney-General and Prosecutor-General are also authorized to submit charges against lawyers. The National Disciplinary Tribunal (NDT) serves as appeals instance for decisions of the DDT's. Appeals of decisions of the National Disciplinary Tribunals may be lodged, in certain cases, with the Supreme Court of the State of Israel. Judges in the disciplinary tribunals are members of the Bar who are elected to these positions, and they serve on a voluntary basis.

The ethical duties and rules applicable to lawyers and legal interns are stipulated by the Bar Association Law and the bylaws enacted by the National Council. These ethical duties include the duty to act loyally for the benefit of the client's interest, attorney-client privilege, the duty to uphold the honor of the profession, the duty to assist the court to carry out justice, the duty to refrain from soliciting clients etc.

  • To provide legal assistance to deprived persons;

At the end of April 2002, the Central Committee approved a Pro-Bono program ("Schar Mitzvah") establishing a legal aid system to needy individuals who cannot afford to pay for legal services. The program's objective is to increase accessibility to the legal system, and to defend the rights of those who do not have the means to hire professional legal services. To this date, the number of volunteering advocates exceeds 2,000.

  • To express its opinion on draft bills concerning courts and legal proceedings;

The Israel Bar plays an active role in the legislation process and receives from the Knesset (the Legislative Branch of the State of Israel) all legislative bills. These are examined by special professional committees who then voice an opinion before the professional committees of the Knesset.

The Israel Bar also maintains an in-house professional lobbyist, who voices and promotes the opinions of the Bar to Knesset members.

  • To protect the professional interests of members of the Bar;

Only a lawyer who is a member of the Israel Bar has the right to perform professional legal services, such as preparing documents of a legal nature for other persons, and providing legal consultation, as well as representing people before State authorities and in the courts (subject to reservations set forth in the Bar Association Law).

The Bar maintains a 'Profession-Defense Committee' (PDC) that examines complaints regarding acts by non-authorized legal or other professionals, or organizations encroaching upon the legal profession.

  • To carry out activities for the benefit of members of the Bar;

These benefits include reduced annual membership fees; assistance fund (insurance, pension etc.), consumer club, social activities and more. The Israel Bar has also created a Job Placement Office that operates within the framework of the Bar.

  • To initiate and participate in activities and operations of legal research, as well as to engage in publishing legal literature;
  • To serve as arbitrator and to appoint arbitrators.

The Israel Bar and the Courts:

The Israel Bar conducts an ongoing substantive dialogue with the Courts Administration and holds many meetings with judges and lawyers in order to examine any widespread co-operations between lawyers and the Courts Administration.

The Bar and the Supreme Court have a joint team that examines matters pertaining to Supreme Court proceedings. The Bar is involved in all the courts' activities, such as formulating civil procedure rules, planning the courts’ future computer system and planning new courts.

The Bar further plays a central role in the process of selecting judges and in strengthening the court's status.

 

The Israel Bar and the Society:

In addition to the Pro-Bono program mentioned above, the Israel Bar takes unambiguous stands on basic principles of law, such as protecting the Rule of Law - for example, by opposing to initiatives to limit the powers of the Supreme Court; as well as defending basic human rights – for example by operating Detention and Imprisonment Supervision Teams (DST and IST). The Bar also sustains projects to fight violence in society and in schools.

 

International Relations:

The International Relations of the Israel Bar are coordinated by specific International Relations teams. Each team is dedicated to a state or an international organization.

The Israel Bar maintains good relations with the largest international advocates' organizations, as well as with bar associations throughout the world, with some of which it has signed Friendship Agreements.

The Bar's representatives, including the President of the Bar and the Chairman of the International Relations Forum, participate in many conventions of various bar associations and international organizations. Meetings between members of the Bar's committees and representatives of foreign and international bodies are held continually.

The peak of these meetings is the Annual Conference in Eilat, incorporating each spring fascinating professional sessions on a wide range of legal and social issues, ceremonial events, and a range of social activities. The Meeting has become an important forum for legal discourse in Israel.

 

Contact Information 

 

Main line: 972- 1-599-500-606

 

The Central Committee Secretariat and The National Council Secretariat

Internship and Admissions

Treasury

  • 82 Menachem Begin Rd., Tel Aviv 67138
  • Tel: 972-3-6361300 Fax: 972-3-5615476
  • Mail address: P.O.B 14152 Tel Aviv 61141

The National Court of Discipline Secretariat

  • 10 Daniel Frish St., Tel Aviv 64731
  • Tel: 972-3-6362200 Fax: 972-3-6918696

The International Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists Secretariat

The Pension Fund

  • 17 Yizchak Sade St., Tel Aviv
  • Tel: 972-3-5621841(direct line) 972-3-5614695/6 Fax: 972-3-6241399

The David Rotlevi National Mediation Institute of The Israel Bar

  • 10 Daniel Frish St., Tel Aviv 64731
  • Tel: 972-3-6362230 Fax: 972-3-6091641

The Institute for Continuing Legal Studies

The Publishing House

Jerusalem District Committee

Tel Aviv District Committee

Haifa District Committee

  • 6 Ben Gurion Av. P.O.B 8954 Haifa 31090
  • Tel: 972-4 - 8537078/9, 972-4 - 8537015/7 Fax: 972-4 - 8553033

Northern District Committee

Southern District Committee

  • "Migdal Sheva" Building, 33 Reger Av., P.O.B. 484 Beer Sheva 84104
  • Tel: 972-8 - 6278815, 08 - 6278334 Fax: 972-8 - 6239369

Ashdod Extension

  • "Unitrade" Building, 1 Hertzel Av. (room 117) Ashdod
  • Tel: 972-8 - 8667999 Fax: 972-8 - 8668850

Hadera Extension

  • 25 Hill Yafe St., Hadera
  • Telefax: 972-4 - 6211613

Additional contacts

 

Mr. Efi (Efraim) Nave, Adv. – President

Tel: +972-3-6362214 Fax: +972-3-6918696

E-Mail: vaadmerkazi@israelbar.org.il 

 

Ms. Hava Klemperer-Maretzki, Adv. – Chair, The National Council

Tel: +972-3-6362217 Fax: +972-3-6918696

E-Mail: to be published soon

 

Mr. Uri Alfarsi – Acting General Director

Tel: +972-3-6362217 Fax: +972-3-6918696

E-Mail: uri@israelbar.org.il

 

Mr. Asher Axelrod, Adv. – Chair, Jerusalem District Committee

Tel: +972-2-5660271 Fax: +972-2-5610062

E-mail: je-bar-d@zahav.net.il 

 

Mr. Inon Haiman, Adv. – Chair, Tel Aviv District Committee

Tel: +972-3-6905555 Fax: +972-3-6918074

E-mail: lishka@tabar.org.il

Website: www.tabar.org.il 

 

Ms. Tami (Tamar) Ullmann, Adv. – Chair, Haifa District Committee

Tel: +972-4-8537078 - 9 Fax: +972-4-8553033

E-mail: revital_a@haifabar-law.org.il

 

Mr. Khaled Zoa'bi, Adv. – Chairman, Northern District Committee

Tel: +972-4-6573929 Fax: +972-4-6461884

E-mail: lishkanazareth@bezeqint.net

 

Mr. Danny Alyagon – Chair, Southern District Committee

Tel: +972-8-6278334 Fax: +972-8-6239369

Tel: +972-8-6492011 Fax: +972-8-6492902

E-Mail: alyagon@ha-law.co.il

 

 

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