The advocate has been not only a representative, whose task is to stand for the party to a case in the court and to reach the goal determined by the principal, but at the same time, the advocate must also defend rights – Ivars Bickovics, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, stressed, when addressing participants of the conference “Advocacy as the Integral Part of Justice of Law-governed State” dedicated to the 95th anniversary of advocacy.

The role of the advocacy in entire court system is highlighted by the fact that the Collegiumof Sworn Advocates is represented in the Council for the Judiciary, which determines the policy of the court system. All institutions represented in the Council for the Judiciary are elements of justice, and each of them is responsible for professionalism, efficiency and reliability, as to be assessed by the public – the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court pointed out.  

Advocates’ responsibilities in civil procedure, criminal procedure and administrative procedure, in their turn, have been stipulated in the procedural laws. The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court stressed that the advocate has been not only a representative, whose task is to stand for the party to a case in the court and to reach the goal determined by the principal, but at the same time, the advocate must also defend rights. The advocate must promote fair and effective course of the entire court proceedings. 

The Chief Justice appreciated the desire of advocates to undertake larger responsibility in civil procedure. Currently, the law stipulates that the case has been conducted by the party to a case himself or herself, or by his or her representative – the worn advocate; however, concepts promoted by the Ministry of Justice and the Council of Sworn Advocates envisage more extensive implementation of advocate’s procedure in particular categories of civil cases also in the first and in the second instances. This issue was included in the agenda of the Council for the Judiciary, but the Council has not yet supported the concept immediately, because, as the Chairman of the Council for the Judiciary points out – there were rather many doubts and ambiguities not to hurry with further promotion of the idea. Its further promotion, to great extent, will depend on ability of advocates themselves to persuade about usefulness, efficiency and accessibility of this process.

On 17 March, at the conference dedicated to the 95th anniversary of advocacy, Doctor in Law Jautrite Briede, the judge of the Department of Administrative Cases of the Supreme Court and the Professor of the Faculty of Law of the University of Latvia, also presented a report on role of an advocate in administrative procedure.

The conference“Advocacy as the Integral Part of Justice of Law-governed State” is organised by the Latvian Council of Sworn Advocates, in cooperation with the Centre of Continuing Legal Education and Professional Development of the Faculty of Law of the University of Latvia.

 

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