Disciplinary BoardThe functions of the Disciplinary Board include the duty to supervise that members of the Bar (attorneys-at-law), public legal aid attorneys and licensed legal counsels fulfill their obligations when appearing in a court of law as well as in their other activities.
The Disciplinary Board deals with disciplinary matters. It is the Disciplinary Board’s duty to investigate breaches of the rules of the proper professional conduct, to receive, examine and decide upon complaints made against attorneys-at-law in respect of alleged breaches of the rules of the proper professional conduct.
The sanctions include admonishment, warning, fine or disbarment permanently from the Bar Association. Bar Members are entitled to appeal the decision at the Helsinki Court of Appeal.
The Disciplinary Board is composed of the chairperson and eleven (11) other members, as well as their personal deputies. The chairperson, his or her deputy, six (6) other members and their deputies must all be Bar Members (attorneys-at-law). Three (3) members and their deputies must not be members of the Bar, but must hold a Master of Laws degree, must be well versed in advocacy and in adjudication or the academic research or teaching of law. Two (2) members and their deputies must be licensed legal counsels as referred to in the Act on Licensed Legal Counsels (715/2011).