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conciliator

Who is he?

A lawyer, member of the Bar Council.


What does it cost?

It is free of charge.


What is his duty?

In general terms, he helps those accused of offences to understand better the procedures and the work done by the lawyers of the Bar of Liège.

He seeks to ensure there is good mutual understanding in relations between lawyers and their clients.

More precisely, he listens to the questions of those accused of offences with regard to their relationships with  their lawyer or the world of justice in general.
He asks for information.
He explains.
He assists with communication and dialogue.
He conciliates.


What does he do in each case?

He listens to those accused of criminal offences.
He clarifies matters to them as far as possible.
He attempts to find out more from the lawyers mentioned.
He provides further explanations.
He suggests solutions:

  • to the lawyers concerned
  • to those accused of offences.


What types of issues does he investigate ?

The person accused of an offence:

  • considers the waiting-times in a dispute are excessively long.
  • considers the lawyer's communications are poor or insufficient.
  • considers the conduct of his lawyers is unfair or even dishonest.
  • believes the advice provided by the lawyer is inadequate or inappropriate.
  • believes his lawyer has a conflict of interest.
  • thinks the proceedings initiated are excessive or are started up too slowly.
  • considers the lawyer's fees are excessive.
  • etc.


What does he do?

For the person accused of an offence

He clears up any misunderstanding or checks whether the fees, delays endured, proceedings initiated, etc, seem  normal or, on the other hand, call for intervention.

He keeps the defendant informed regarding the actions and procedures he can take.

He explains a legal decision.

With regard to the lawyers concerned

He checks with them whether the information received from the defendant agrees with that originally provided to his council.

He questions them.

He puts forward suggested actions with a view to more and better communication.

He asks them for further explanations to enable him better to give clarifications to defendants about:

  • the fees applied
  • application of the rules of professional etiquette and code of ethics
  • progress with proceedings under way
  • delays in processing cases
  • observing the duty of confidentiality
  • possible conflicts of interest
  • transferring third-party funds
  • the appropriateness and relevance of the proceedings initiated.


What is he unable to do?

He will not deputise for the lawyer in giving advice of a legal or even tactical nature.

He will not intervene in order to resolve a dispute that must be judged in a court of law or tribunal.

He will not challenge a Iegal decision.

He wiIl not issue instructions to a lawyer, nor require that they reply to him.

He will not inform the president of the Bar of any problem that has been identified but not resolved through the  task of conciliation with which he has been entrusted.

He wiIl not impose disciplinary measures on a lawyer.


Where, when and how can he be consulted?

Where?

At the Palais de Justice : it is sufficient to ask at the Palais reception.


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When?

Every first and third Wednesday, from 14.00 to 15.30 hrs, except school holidays and publics holidays.

How?

By visiting him, without appointment.

By writing to him :

Conciliator for the Bar of the lawyers of Liège
Palais de Justice
Place Saint Lambert 16
4000 LIEGE

conciliateur@barreaudeliege.be