Today, on July 10, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Aigars Strupiss accepted an oath of the new Prosecutor General Juris Stukans. Consequently, the Prosecutor General will be entitled to take up his duties as the term of office of the current Prosecutor General expires on 11 July.

The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court noted that today's event is unique – the Prosecutor General is sworn in by a judge. Until now, the only oath of the Prosecutor General in Latvia was accepted in 1994, when the then Prosecutor General Janis Skrastins took the oath in accordance with the new Office of the Prosecutor Law. However, unlike Janis Skrastins, who belonged to the Prosecutor's Office and had already been appointed Prosecutor General with the establishment of the Prosecutor's Office of the Republic of Latvia in 1990, Juris Stukans does not come from the prosecutor's office, but from among judges.

The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court noted that this event is somewhat symbolic because the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, who accepts the oath, has also been called by the media as a “judge from the outside” because his experience as a judge is not lengthy. Taking into account his experience, Aigars Strupiss is convinced that there is no need to be afraid of "leaders from the outside". "Of course, entering the system from the outside has its drawbacks, but they can be easily overcome by an open person who is ready to acquire information, to study and work. There are advantages to coming from the outside, which, in my opinion, outweigh the disadvantages,” Aigars Strupiss said. However, each leader must in any case gain the trust of colleagues, demonstrate the ability to inspire, organize and lead. The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court expressed confidence that the new Prosecutor General has all the qualities to accomplish this task.

In conclusion of his speech, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court noted that although the court and the prosecutor's office have different functions and competencies, they are part of one system – the judicial system. The court cannot co-operate with the prosecutor's office in specific cases, however, there are issues where co-operation, exchange of ideas and information is possible and even necessary to improve the quality of the entire judicial system. The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court confirmed his readiness to ensure such co-operation.

Aivars Ostapko, Chief Prosecutor of the Department of Analysis and Management of the Prosecutor General's Office, and Arvids Kalnins, Chief Prosecutor of the Criminal Justice Department, who were also present at the oath-taking event, presented Juris Stukans with a badge of a prosecutor and a prosecutor's certificate.

Prosecutor General Juris Stukans confirmed that he would carry out his work according to his best conscience and would try to promote the improvement of the work of the Prosecutor's Office.

 

 

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

Photo by Laura Majevska, Prosecutor General’s Office