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Portuguese Bar Association

The Ordem dos Advogados (OA) / Portuguese Bar Association, was established by Decree n.º 11 715, of 12 June 1926. However, its origins trace back to the Lisbon Lawyers Association, whose Statutes were approved in 1838. Membership is compulsory for all practicing and trainee lawyers.

and its Comissão Humanos



Human Rights Commission

The Bar Association, through the Deontology Councils (first instance) and the Superior Council, has exclusive disciplinary jurisdiction over lawyers and trainnee lawyers. The Bar Association’s disciplinary powers derive from the Law (the Bar Association Statute). Lawyers can appeal against the rulings of the Bar Association to Administrative Courts. They have a Commission in charge of Human Rights, which can hear complaints about your detention conditions or welfare issues in prison.

Website: E: [email protected] Human Rights Commission (Comissão de Direitos Humanos): [email protected] T: +351 (0)21 882 3550 F: +351 (0)21 8862403 Largo De Sâo Domingos, 14-1° 1169-060, Lisboa

Languages: Portuguese Forum Penal, Associacão de Advogados Penalistas Association Lawyers



Forum Penal is an association of criminal lawyers in Portugal, who work to influence laws and policies affecting criminal justice, and provide spaces in which criminal lawyers can share ideas and experiences.

Website: E: [email protected] T: +351 (0)21 7106160

Languages: Portuguese Rua dos Anjos, 79 1150-035, Lisboa

OMBUDSMAN Provedor de Justiça The Portuguese Ombudsman

The Portugeuse Ombudsman derives its power from the Portuguese Constitution (Art 23) and statute (Law 9/91 of 9 April). His duty is protect citizen’s fundamental rights and support all those whose complaints and claims are have a legal basis. The Portuguese Ombudsman can request the Constitutional court make generally binding rulings on un/constitutionality or illegality and public administration issues. He is also charges with the protection of human rights.


An ombudsman can serve on behalf of prisoners and detainees to consider such matters as alternatives to incarceration for nonviolent offenders to alleviate overcrowding; addressing the status and circumstances of confinement of juvenile offenders; and improving pre-trial detention, bail, and record keeping procedures to provide assurance that prisoners do not serve beyond the maximum sentence for the charged offence. He has the power to visit prisons with or without prior notice.

Rua Pau de Bandeira, 7-9, 1249-088 Lisboa.


[email protected]

T : +351 (0)213 926 600 F : +351 (0)213 961 243

There are local offices in The Azores and in Madeira – addresses available on the website

A person can complain to the Ombudsman orally or in writing or online. Languages: Portuguese.


LEGAL ADVICE Observatório Permanente da Justiça Portuguesa The Permanent Observatory of Portuguese Justice (OPJ)

The Permanent Observatory of Portuguese Justice (OPJ) is based at the Centre for Social Studies (CES), School of Economics, University of Coimbra, since 1996.


It conducts researches on the functioning of the courts and the perception and evaluation of the Portuguese on the law and justice.

T: +351 (0)239 85 55 70 F: +351 (0)239 85 55 89

E: [email protected]

It is currently integrated into the Centre for the Study of Democracy, Citizenship and Law and the Centre for Social Studies. The Centre's main ob