Prisiazhnyi Poverennyi

Prisiazhnyi Poverennyi

 

(sworn attorney), the official title of an attorney in prerevolutionary Russia, established by the legal reform of 1864. To receive the title of prisiazhnyi poverennyi, a person was required to have a law degree and legal experience as an assistant to a prisiazhnyi poverennyi or in the courts. Prisiazhnye poverennye constituted a self-governing corporation, supervised by their own councils and by sudebnye palaty (high court tribunals). From 1874, this supervision was also exercised by district courts in areas where no councils had been set up by the attorneys.

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An imperial decree of 1864 created a new category of sworn advocates (prisiazhnyi poverennyi), who needed to have a university degree and undergo five years of apprenticeship with a lawyer or in the courts.