Turkish Parliament has approved for a controversial bill that changes the system of the bar associations. The critics are of the view that the contentious bill will hamper the independence of the lawyers.
As per the new law, backed by the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and its nationalist ally MHP party, the legal professionals will be allowed to set up their own associations. The law also enforces a minimum membership of 2,000 for any association.
The ruling AKP has said that the new move will bring competition to the legal field while, the lawyers on the other hand fear that the legislation could drastically weaken the power enjoyed by the associations. The main opposition party has said to move to Turkey’s top Constitutional Court in regard with this matter.