On Thursday, 9 June, Ivars Bickovics, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, accepted an oath of seven advocates admitted to the Latvian Council of Sworn Advocates.

Doctor in law Maija Ernberga, the lawyer at Dr. Schur und Partner Partnerschaftsgesellshaft, Edgars Pastars, the former adviser at Legal Bureau of the Saeima (Parliament), cutrently – the lawyer at  bureau of sworn advocates “Cobalt”, Valts Nerets, the lawyer at the bureau of sworn advocates  “Sorainen”, Aija Panke, senior lawyer at the bureau of sworn advocates  “PricewaterhouseCoopersLegal”, Roberts Priede un Ivita Samlaja – assistants to sworn advocates, and Svetlana Ringo, the lawyer at “Riortis” Ltd.  have joined the community of sworn advocates.

When addressing the advocates, the Chief Justice pointed out promise to respect the court, included in the oath. “First of all, it means self-respect, because you are also a court. The advocacy is included in the court system”, Ivars Bickovics indicated.  He wished to new advocates to respect their work and to gain respect of colleagues and clients, thus strengthening also public respect towards the court system.  

The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court also wished to new advocates to find their field of activity in extensive advocates’ community, specialising in particular branch of law and becoming highly qualified lawyers.

To become a sworn advocate, a person who has an appropriate education and work experience, passes the advocates’ exam. After passing of 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: 67020396, 28652211