Korean Law Demystified!

Forms of Legal Representation (under Korean Civil Law)

Q: What does it mean to be a lawyer? (Literally.)

A: It basically means you can represent another person in court.

Under Korean civil law, however, there are a few instances where even non-lawyers can represent another person in court:

1) A “manager,” “administrator of a ship,” or “shipmaster” under the Commercial Act (상법).

2) The Minister of Justice. A government employee appointed by the head of a Prosecutors’ Office or a government office.

3) In small claims court: A close relative or family member. One’s employee whose regular work is related to the case at hand.

* For #3, permission (from the court) is required.

* And of course, one can always represent oneself.

What else does it mean to be a lawyer? In Korea, only lawyers can give out legal advice in exchange for money or profit.

That said, I don’t think lawyers necessarily know the law better than others. Speaking for myself, I just know where to look or search for information a little better maybe. Also, sometimes I can tell (instinctively) if something doesn’t sound quite right.

Thanks for reading!

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