AFP asked the state Duma to increase payments to the lawyers

© RIA Novosti / Maxim to Aminopherase in photobacteria at the plenary session of the State Duma of the Russian Federation. Archival photoAFP asked the state Duma to increase payments to the lawyers© RIA Novosti / Maxim to Aminopherase the image Bank

President of the Federal chamber of advocates (FCA) Yuri Pilipenko asked the Chairman of the state Duma Vyacheslav Volodin to respond to inadmissibly low salaries of solicitors, told RIA Novosti press-service of the AFP.

«The President of the Federal chamber Volodin sent a letter with a request to respond to the difficult situation with unacceptably low amount of payment, and to ensure that this social issue has been resolved in the interests of citizens, society and the state», — said the press service.

The letter emphasized that «the state has delegated to the lawyers duties to ensure the constitutional rights of citizens to protection in criminal proceedings». «From 1 January 2013 the basic rate of pay appointed counsel is 550 rubles. If the lawyer full month (22 working days) will participate in criminal proceedings the appointment of an inquiry officer, investigator or the court the amount of his reward will be only 12 100, and after deducting personal income tax, obligatory deductions and payments to the pension Fund and HIF, this amount will be significantly less than 10 thousand rubles», – explained in the letter.

Pilipenko says that these rates are not only «unacceptably low, but not indexed with inflation». However, he drew attention to the problem of arrears in payment, even at such rates. «Even this miserable remuneration paid lawyers regularly. This problem is systemic – at the end of each year appears indebted to the attorneys on hundreds of millions of rubles», – he explained. So for ten months of 2017, the total debt of the Ministry of internal Affairs of Russia, UK Russia, courts, bodies of inquiry and preliminary investigation, of other ministries and agencies before the solicitors amounted to 450,5 million rubles.

This situation, said the head of FPA, arose despite the fact that «the government almost nothing is spent on the remuneration of lawyers providing legal assistance in accordance with article 51 of the code of criminal procedure, since a large part of the cost of protection is compensated from the compulsory recovery with the prisoners.»

In this regard, the President of the Federal chamber, «the issue of financing of expenses on protection of the rights of citizens in criminal proceedings and remuneration of lawyers, in our view, requires a political solution».

Of solicitors the state provides the accused and suspects in the crime to citizens who cannot afford to pay for professional legal assistance.