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President's Message

The Korean Bar Association will do its best for you.

To our distinguished members,

I hope our country full of prosperity in the New Year and hopeful news be delivered to all the people and members.


During the past year, Korean Bar Association (“KBA”) has accomplished many achievements. The National Assembly passed 『Product Liability Act』, which introduced punitive damages, to prevent illegal high-handedness of multinational corporations, protect consumers, and to improve the competitiveness of whole industry through quality control of companies.


In order to create jobs, I proposed amendment to 『Government Organization Act』 and 『Local Autonomy Act』, which introduces the Legal Affairs Officer system.

I also proposed amendment to 『Civil Procedure Act』 introducing the Public Defender system into the civil litigation and the Mandatory Designation of Counsels in the third instance of civil cases. I sponsored the amendment to 『The Monopoly Regulation and Fair Trade Act』 to mitigate fair trade penalty surcharge on corporation with the exemplary Compliance system and to 『Criminal Procedure Act』 that guarantees the rights to access criminal records. I suggested the amendment to 『Act on the Stamps Attached for Civil Litigation, Etc.』 to reduce the burden of the revenue stamps attached for civil case and amendment to 『Deposit Act』 to allow deposit without the criminal victim's personal information. We have initiated an amendment to 『Attorney-At-Law Act』 for Attorney-Client Privilege.

I proposed the amendment bill of 『Act on the Establishment and Management of Professional Law Schools』 to increase the number of attorneys in the Law School Education Evaluation Committee for more objective and fair evaluation, and suggested the amendment bill of 『National Bar Examination Act』 to increase the number of attorneys in the Bar Examination Management Committee for thorough management of the bar examination. I proposed the amendment bill of 『Court Organization Act』 to reflect the judge performance evaluation result to the judge personnel system, and proposed the amendment bill of 『Attorney-at-Law Act』 to restrict the registration of attorneys from the retired high-rank public official to reform the special treatment of former judicial officials

KBA responded actively to the appointment of the high-rank judicial: Cho Jae-yeon and Yu Nam-Suk, recommended by KBA, were appointed to the Supreme Court Justice and to the Constitutional Court Justice respectively.

In order to reduce the burden on the members, we reduced the special education fee to 77,000 Won.

The qualification system of the legal professions was unified into the law school system. There have been many conflicts within our legal community. However, as the abolition of the judicial examination is confirmed, it is time to stop the conflict and bring harmony together. KBA has commissioned the Legal Professions Reconciliation Special Committee to sanction against any actions that cause conflicts in the legal community, and we are constantly striving for promoting harmony.

Despite of many achievements, there were some painful results. The National Assembly passed the amendment to 『Certified Tax Accountant Act』, which disqualifies tax accountant certificate from attorneys, ignoring the legitimate voices of our members including myself. We met with members of the National Assembly and political party representatives to persuade, publicized the unconstitutionality and unfairness of the amendment to 『Certified Tax Accountant Act』 through the media, and promoted through massive rallies and even shaving demonstration. Though, I could not prevent the passing the amendment bill of 『Certified Tax Accountant Act.』 I strongly and deeply feel the responsibility.

But from now on, I will begin the New Year with new resolution. A number of other professional fields have initiated bill proposals that violate our legitimate practice of law. Taking the amendment to 『Certified Tax Accountant Act』 as opportunity, the attempt to invade our scope of practice will become intense even more. We must fight stiffly against their threats to defend our right for living.

Approving various right of representation as required by similar professions is directly against the intention of introducing the law school system to produce attorneys with professional fields of practice. As we face the current crisis, we will continue to urge the National Assembly and the government to overhaul supply and demand policy of the judicial official, which contrasts to the intention of introduction of the law school system. In addition, I will strongly demand reduction of the number of supply of new lawyers, and I will definitely carry out. We will strongly advocate rearrangement of other fields of profession. In addition to the constitutional appeal to the revised 『Certified Tax Accountant Act』, I will carry out the revision in Laws and Acts to explicitly define the scope of legal affairs that the attorney has the right to practice, and create new jobs through expansion of scope of service.


Beloved and respected members,


Since taking office as President of KBA, I have strenuously run for 10 months only for people and our members. I will never forget beginner’s mind for the remaining a year and two months, and I will carry out my duty with dedication to the people and members. I ask for your continued support and encouragement. In the New Year, I will do my best to bring only good news to you members. I wish you all the best for your health and happiness this year.


Thank you very much.

Korean Bar Association
The 49th President
Hyun Kim