All practitioners are lawyers without distinction between functions. The DIKIGOROS can give advice and assistance on any aspect of Greek law. The dikigoros can be considered a rough equivalent of an English barrister and solicitor combined.

The regulation of the legal profession is based on the codified Decree Law 3026/1954. The law is divided in four parts: The first part lays down the conditions for the admission to the legal profession, the second concerns lawyers' remuneration. The third concerns the organization of the Law societies and the fourth consists of transitional provisions. There are roughly 25,00 dikigoroi, of which 16,000 are based in Athens 

Reserved activities comprise appearance before civil, criminal and administrative courts, convenyancing and, in principle, attendance at all major contracts executed before a notary public, as well as appointment as a bankruptcy trustee. Lawyers distinguish their titles within the profession through the following categorisation: 

When admitted the lawyer is attached only to a Court of First Instance. After four years of actual practice he or she may qualify to appear before the Appeal Court and after a further 4 years the Supreme Court . 

A dikigoros can only practice within the area/jurisdiction of his/her Bar Association (Piraeus and Athens are considered as one jurisdiction). If a dikigoros wants to appear before a different area, he/she should be 'legalised' by a colleague registered in the Bar of the said area. This restriction does not apply to criminal cases.

There are no formally recognised specialist practitioners.

Dr Julian Lonbay
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Revised: 30 September 1999
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