28 June, 2007
On June 28, nine newly admitted attorneys gave oath to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Andris Gulans.
The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court reminded the new attorneys that the oath is not just a formality of the law, but a guideline to the attorney’s everyday work. He asked them in their everyday activities to show respect to the country, the laws, judicial power and the people who will become the clients of the attorneys. “Attorneys in their work are closer to people, and therefore it will be your activities and attitude towards the inhabitants, especially simple people that will form the first opinion about the courts and the Latvian court system”, A. Gulans said. He wished the attorneys to be honest, professional and independent in their work.
The duties of attorneys will now be fulfilled by the previous assistants to attorneys Janis Kumsars and Lelde Lavina, the expert of the Commission for regulation of public services – assistant to the board member on the legal matters Janis Junkers, the lawyers of SIA “Avers Centrs”, administrator of insolvent enterprises Tadeuss Miz-Misins, legal adviser of the Vangazi Town Board Ainis Silins, legal adviser of the Riga municipality police Andra Skurova, senior counsel of the joint stock company “Sampo Banka” Maris Liguts, board chairman of the Association of Independent Lawyers of Latvia Mihails Klavins, and Emils Moris, till now a self-employed person.
To become an attorney, a person having reached the age of at least 25 and having the necessary education and length of service in legal work, takes the examination of attorney. After passing the examination and having recommendations, the Council of Attorneys determines the place of practice for attorneys, and notifies the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court about the admitted attorneys, who in accordance with Article 46 of the Advocacy Law accepts the oath of the newly admitted attorneys.
Information prepared by Division of Communications of the Supreme Court
Author: Rasma Zvejniece, Head of the Division of Communications of the Supreme Court
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