Finnish Bar Association
All lawyers using the professional title ‘Advocate’ are members of the Finnish Bar Association.
You can write to the Disciplinary Board with any complaints regarding its members.
E: [email protected]
LAW GOVERNING BODIES
Finlands Advokatförbund Languages: Website available in Finnish, Swedish and English. Complaints to the Disciplinary Board have to be made in Finnish or Swedish.
T: +358 (0)9 6866 120 F: +358 (0)9 6866 1299 Simonkatu 12 B 16 P.O. Box 194 FI-00101 Helsinki
LEGAL AID Legal Aid Offices
Government department responsible for the administration of legal aid.
Legal Aid Offices legal aid applications and can provide the names of attorneys who are qualified in particular areas of law. Has a central office as well as a number of smaller local offices.
Information on Legal Aid can be found in English on the website of the Judicial Administration: www.oikeus.fi/oikeusapu/en/ Helsinki E: [email protected]
T: +358 (0)29 56 6012 0 F: +358 (0)29 56 6013 9 PO Box 600, FI-00180 Helsinki Turku E: [email protected]
T: +358 (0)29 56 6043 4 F: +358 (0)29 56 6043 9 Humalistonkatu 1, 4th Floor, FI-20100 Turku Tampere E: [email protected]
T: +358 (0)29 56 60730 F: +358 (0)29 56 60725 Alaverstaanraitti 2C, Tampellan alue, FI-33100 Tampere
OMBUDSMEN and COMPLAINTS COMMITTEES Parliamentary Ombudsman Eduskunnan Oikeusasuamies Riksdagens Justitieombudsman
The Ombudsman has the authority to intervene in cases involving the actions of public officials. You can contact the Ombudsman if you have complaints regarding police, prison officials or court officials. The complaint should be made within two years of the incident (unless there are compelling reasons for not having done so). The matter about which you are complaining must not be the subject of a court hearing. Languages: Website available in Finnish, Swedish, Sami, English, German, French, Estonian and Russian
Website: www.oikeusasiamies.fi E: [email protected]
T: +358 (0)9 4321 F: +358 (0)9 432 2268
Arkadiankatu 3 FI-00102 Helsinki
Complaints can be filed in Finnish, Swedish, Sami, or if necessary, in English. The Ombudsman for Non Discrimination
The Ombudsman for non-discrimination promotes the status of ethnic minorities and foreigners in Finland and tackles ethnic discrimination.
You can contact the Ombudsman for Minorities if you have experienced or observed ethnic discrimination, and file a complaint.
Languages: The working languages of the Ombudsman for Minorities are Finnish, English and Swedish, but the website is also available in Sami, Russian, Estonian, French, Spanish, Turkish, Albanian, Arabic, Chinese, Thai, Farsi, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Kurdish, Somali and Romani.
Chancellor of Justice
The Chancellor of Justice performs a function that is very similar to that of the Parliamentary Ombudsman. However the Chancellor of Justice deals specifically with complaints concerning lawyers.
E: [email protected]
T: +358 (0)295 488 666
PO Box 24, FI-00023 Valtioneuvosto
Website: www.oikeuskansleri.fi E: [email protected]
Complaints should be made within two years of the incident (unless there are compelling reasons for not having done so).
T: +358 (0)295 16001
The matter about which you are complaining must not be the subject of a court hearing.
P.O. Box 20 FI-00023 Valtioneuvosto
Languages: Website available