The situation with civil cases still poses problems. Now, according to the law, it is enough to have a law degree, and you can go to court and represent the interests of the principal in civil and arbitration cases with a clear conscience. Many lawyers, especially young ones, think they know how to do everything. When they go to court, it turns out they don’t — Maxim Beskhmelnitsyn, Deputy Minister of Justice of the Russian Federation.
Today, a lawyer – whether they work at a law office or association – no one actually examines their professional activity unless there is a complaint. <...> I have been representing the government in the Constitutional Court for twenty years. The applicant's side is represented by either lawyers or PhDs. <...> If I had to name some skilled ones, it would only be lawyers. It's tradition, culture, behaviour, even the way one comes to the Constitutional Court. <...> I'll never forget one person who came to the Constitutional Court wearing jeans, red plaid shirt, suspenders, and a bow tie. <...> In Moscow, with a population of seven million people, there were 950 lawyers. Today, there are 14 million people living in Moscow, and how many lawyers there are – 11,700. <...> I see the degradation of the quality of lawyers’ work — Mikhail Barshchevsky, Plenipotentiary Representative of the Government of the Russian Federation at the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation and the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation.