JUDr. Lenka Bradáčová, Ph.D., High Public Prosecutor in Prague, email: podatelna@vsz.pha.justice.cz

 

The professional ethics of lawyers are sometimes denoted as professional liability and it is not without reason. Public prosecutors encounter with ethical conduct standards at the very start of their professional career when one of the preconditions for their employment as public prosecutors of the Czech Republic is to take an unconditional pledge before the minister of justice. The pledge contains, among other commitments, an undertaking that the public prosecutor shall safeguard the dignity of their profession in both their professional and private life. Dignity is perceived as an attribute of high social prestige, with which respect and regard of others are associated. It may be perceived as a projection of a special complex of moral values into attitudes and behaviour, whether they are internalised values or institutional values.