Initiating Disciplinary Proceedings:
In order to initiate a disciplinary proceeding due to an attorney-at-law’s violation of professional rules set by the Attorneyship Code and Union of Turkish Bar Associations, it is necessary for the complainant to file the complaint in a written manner including his/her address, signature and a clear statement of the subject of complaint along with the relevant proofs.
Subsequently, the complainant will be asked (in accordance with the Article 161 of Attorneyship Code) to deposit the amount that will be indicated at that stage to the account of İstanbul Bar Association as an advance on costs. The disciplinary proceeding will only then be initiated and both parties will be notified of the result.
The disciplinary interrogation involves the evaluation of the written complaint and relevant proofs or attachments submitted by the complainant as well as the reply and other documents provided by the attorney.
It is decided by the Governing Board throughout the disciplinary interrogation process whether or not a disciplinary prosecution is necessary. In case a prosecution is necessary, the prosecution is carried out by the Disciplinary Board of İstanbul Bar Association and both parties are notified of the result. Objections are evaluated and final decisions are made by the Union of Turkish Bars.