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An organization representing more than 700,000 European lawyers has published guidelines for electronic ID cards for lawyers, which would ease European lawyers’ access to the courts and other institutions outside their jurisdictions.

The Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe, or CCBE, has produced ID cards for lawyers since 1978, but has now provided a framework for member states to implement an electronic chip so the cards can be valid across country borders. Participation in the system is voluntary and it’s up to the national bar associations to implement standards for accrediting eligible lawyers, said Birgit Beger, legal adviser for the CCBE in Brussels, Belgium.

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