In contrast to new parliamentarians of the 11th Saeima (the Parliament), who were mistaken while giving a vow in the Saeima, eight advocates gave a vow to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court with certainty and without mistakes on the 18th of October.

Among new advocates there are Rihards Hlevickis, ex-judge of Riga regional court; Diana Homkova, associate professor of the Faculty of Law of the University of Latvia, Dr. iur. and lecturer of the University of Latvia and Business High School “Turiba”; Ginta Sniedzite, lecturer and Doctor of Law; Sandis Sprogis, the ex-Head of the SRS Financial Police Department Internal Security Division, Rolands Berzins, Irina Kostina, Kristine Sakarne un Inese Rancane-Beinarovica who are ex-assistants to sworn advocates and ex-lawyers in bureaus of sworn advocates and enterprises.

Having accepted the vow, Ivars Bickovics, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court pointed out that community of advocates has been supplemented by both practising lawyers and representatives of legal science, and it would be benefit for all court system in general, as work of advocate is its component. The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court wished new advocates to keep it in their mind in their routine and strengthen rule of law and positive attitude of society with their work.

To become a sworn advocate, a person who has an appropriate education and work experience, passes the advocate’s exam. If the Board of Sworn Advocates hasn’t received information that there are obstacles stated in the Law on Advocacy for admission of the new candidate, it admits a candidate in the community of sworn advocates. Before sworn advocates start their work, according to Paragraph 46 of the Law on Advocacy the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court accepts the vow of new advocates.

Information prepared by

Head of the Division of Communications of the Supreme Court Rasma Zvejniece

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