An Icelandic lawyer maintains that among his colleagues there exists a small group of attorneys who employ criminals to influence cases, Vísir reports.
“These lawyers have been tempted to take advantage of the threats of criminals, and they threaten individuals with bodily harm or vandalism if they don’t do as they’re told,” Sævar Jónsson stated.
At his legal office, such an incident occurred earlier this year, according to Vísir, when three men, sent by other attorneys, arrived and threatened staff in an effort to get them to drop a certain case. Staff members were threatened with indirect messages.
Sævar stated, “They arrive at work places with direct or indirect messages to staff. They are, for example, used to collect debt or to force lawyers to drop certain cases, from which those who send them would benefit as lawyers.”
Sævar continued, “We mustn’t allow this to take place, especially when lawyers use these methods against their colleagues,” and added that lawyers are supposed to advocate justice. He stressed the importance of reporting all violence to police or referring it to the Icelandic Bar Association.
According to information from the Lawyers’ Complaint Board, the board is currently reviewing a complaint where a lawyer is said to have sent a non-professional to collect bills.
The head of the Icelandic Bar Association, Reimar Pétursson, commented, “If it is true that lawyers use criminals to issue threats in order to push their goals, then it’s very serious. The power to determine what is proven in the cases lies with the Complaint Board, as does the power to determine the consequences of such actions.”