The powers of the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Belarus in the field of advocacy are (below are just some of the powers):
development, in cooperation with the Belarusian Republican Bar, of the Rules of professional ethics of a lawyer and their approval;
Context: earlier - “development, based on proposals of lawyers and lawyers' associations, of the Rules of professional ethics of a lawyer and their approval in agreement with the Belarusian Republican Collegium of Lawyers”.
determination of the procedure for conducting regular and extraordinary re-certifications of lawyers;
approval of candidacies for the positions of chairmen of the Bars, heads of legal consultations, candidates for members of councils of the Bars;
Context: previously - “approval of candidacies for the positions of chairmen of the Bars and heads of legal consultations”.
agreeing on the candidacies of applicants for admission as trainees of a lawyer;
referral of applicants for admission as trainees of a lawyer;
coordination of the formation and termination of the activities of legal consultations;
Officials of the Ministry of Justice, within the limits of their powers, have the right to participate in the activities of lawyers' self-governing bodies, to request and receive from the Bars, legal consultations, lawyers information and documents necessary for the exercise of their powers by this Law, provided that lawyers’ confidentiality is preserved.