On March 20, Ivars Bickovics, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court accepted the vow of six advocates admitted to the Latvian Board of Sworn Advocates.

The assistants to sworn advocates Aleksandrs Balodis, Lasma Liepina, Dace Mihalska and Sandra Zarina, insolvency administrator Kaspars Olehnovics and self-employed lawyer Girts Osis became sworn advocates.

Having accepted the vow, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court wished to new advocates to remember in their daily work the responsibility promised in the vow – the responsibility not only for their prestige, but for the court system in general.  

The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court repeated his wish to advocates, which was already said at the Advocates’ Conference, to discharge every duty in good faith and of the best possibility, also when representing those indigent clients, to whom the legal aid is paid by the State. I.Bickovics reminded of research of the Board of Justice on factors, which affect trust to courts, which showed that prestige of the court system depends not only on court judgements, but also on all legal professions, which are related to court proceedings. The most negative assessment was given on work of bailiffs and advocates, whose work is paid by the State.

I.Bickovics also reminded that the way to advocate’s proceedings in civil procedure has been commenced. Already at present it envisages that cases may be conducted at the cassation instance either by the participant him or herself or through the advocate. “It is consolidation of the role of the advocate, but it imposes responsibility to the advocates – whether it will possible to implement this procedure and if it will gain support shall depend on how much accessible and professional services provided by the advocates will be. Thus, the advocates’ responsibility increases”, I.Bickovics said.  

To become a sworn advocate, a person who has an appropriate education and work experience, passes the advocate’s exam. After the passing of the exam, if the Board of Sworn Advocates has not received information that obstacles stated in the Law on Advocacy for admission of the new candidate exist, it admits a candidate to the community of sworn advocates. Pursuant to Paragraph 46 of the Law on Advocacy the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court accepts the vow 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