Burkina Faso has a traditional judicial system similar to the French system. The attorneys listed herein are akin to the French “Avocat”. An Avocat is entitled to act in all legal matters, which involve or might involve litigation between his client and other parties. Only an Avocat has the right to represent his client before a court. On the other hand, personal matters such as land, marriage (but not most aspects of divorce), inheritance, leases, mortgages, contracts, and tax advice, as well business mergers, incorporations and the like, fall largely within the capacity of the Notaire. The Notaire never pleads for a client in court. The Notaire is thus a legal technician. Few fully qualified Notaires practice in Burkina Faso. They are listed below the list of attorneys.
The Embassy provides the following for informal purposes alone and assumes no responsibility for the professional ability or integrity of the persons whose names appear in the lists given below: