Andros Pelecanos: The Cyprus Bar Association (CBA) was first established in 1960 with the major objective being to represent the interests and assist its members of whom there are over 2000 registered practising advocates. It is a full member of the Council and Bars of the European Union, the International Bar Association, the Commonwealth Lawyers Association, the Mediterranean Bar Association and the Union of the Balkan Bar Associates.
As a result of British rule from 1878 until 1960, the English legal system was introduced in Cyprus, with the adoption of the Criminal Code, the Contract Law and the Civil Wrongs Law.
Even after independence in 1960, the fundamental areas of law (contract; tort; company; crime etc.) remain based on the respective English laws. However, family and administrative law follow the Greek system and civil rights against public bodies are protected more widely than under English law. Read more