Is the Profession divided into Barristers and Solicitors like in England?
In Cyprus despite the prevailing tradition of English Law and practice the Advocates profession is fused. The basic law regulating the profession, is the Advocates Law Cap 2 adopted during the colonial era and amended on numerous occasions since independence in 1960 by the Republic’s House of Representatives. The 1960 Constitution itself makes provision relating to advocates and their role. Under Article 30.3 (c) of the Constitution every person has the right to have a lawyer of his own choice and to have free legal assistance as provided by law. Under Article 11.4 every person arrested shall be informed the reasons for his arrest and shall be allowed to have the services of a lawyer of his own choosing.