On 15 March, Ivars Bickovics, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, took the oath of Janis Kubilis, an advocate admitted to the Latvian Council of Sworn Advocates.

Janis Kubilis has previously been an advocate’s assistant. He holds a doctoral degree in law.

After taking the oath, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court wished the new advocate to follow not only the solemn promise given by him in his day-to-day work, but to supplement it with his commitment to "do nothing that could damage the reputation of the judicial system". Advocates are part of the judicial system, their actions and attitudes create opinion about the entire judicial system – emphasized the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

To become a sworn advocate, a person who has an appropriate education and work experience, passes the advocates’ exam. Having passed the exam, if the Council of Sworn Advocates hasn’t received information on obstacles for admission of the new candidate stipulated in the Law on Advocacy, it admits a candidate to the community of sworn advocates. In accordance with Section 46 of the Law on Advocacy, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court accepts the oath of newly admitted advocates.

 

Information prepared by

Rasma Zvejniece, the Head of the Division of Communication of the Supreme Court

E-mail: rasma.zvejniece@at.gov.lv, telephone: +371 67020396, +371 28652211