Monday, February 25, 2008

Ah, justice

The French legal system is filled with particularities. I don't know a whole lot about it really and what I may know could be incorrect but that's never stopped me before.

First of all, there are three professions that we don't really have at home. L'huissier, l'avoué, and le notaire. There are people in the US who perform aspects of these jobs, but not all. I'm sure no huissier would like to be called a fancy repo man, but he kind of is. And a notaire here has very little to do with a notary public at home, at least in terms of financial gains . As for the avoué, well, s/he is technically a lawyer, but only goes before the cour d'appel. Avoué, huissier, and notaire are all ministerial officers, while the lawyer is not. The office of the first three is called une étude and a lawyer's un cabinet.

Where am I going with all this? Well, the profession of avoué is on its way out the door. There have been a lot of reforms of the legal system here in the past 6 months, along with the obligatory strikes to show discontent.

Notaires and huissiers are about to lose their monopolies on certain activities and the profession of avoué will simply no longer exist.

How strange.

Tell me, what do you do when what you do, what you've done, and what you've become no longer exist?


kingba said...

the huissier also collects the evidence for cases (used to do the reports of car accidents, the cops now do that), such as damages in civil lawsuits, the presence of two bodies in the same bed at the crack of dawn when Mr. X (him again) and Mrs. Y were found together at 6 am (legal hour to enter people's homes), etc.. In other terms, the huissier is (or was?) the link betwene the justice system and the common people both at the beginning of any legal case/action and at the end (official notifying people of judgments/verdicts and, at times as repo men) Lawyers and offciers ministeriels, but the ones in contact with "the people"

kingba said...

the notaires do now mostly real estate transactions, I think

Nicole said...

kingba - you should be sleeping. yes about the huissiers and notaires. But now they've lost their monopoly - so notaires will be able to do mutual consent divorces and lawyers will be able to do a lot of what only notaires could do before.

beth said...

You could ask the same question of a stay at home mom when their children are 18 and leave for college

Nicole said...

Beth- ouch.