It is good that in such a respectable and academic establishment as the Supreme Court the time may be calculated not only in astronomical years, report years, but also in academic years, admitted the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Ivars Bickovics when on July 11 he hold a reception for fifteen Supreme Court Judges and employees who found it possible to combine their studies and work and in the academic year of 2007, 2008 completed their studies in higher educational institutions.

 This year, the range of those who received their master’s degree in the professional higher education is wide – from a senator to a secretary of the court sessions, from all the structural units of the court, in five higher educational institutions. It is interesting because although the education is identical, the experience and opinions differ, and then – as it is traditional for Latvians – where there are two lawyers, there are three opinions, the Chief Justice joked. He called not to stop in their growth, as a lawyer just like Riga will never be completed.

 The staff of the Supreme Court has been increased by nine masters: Judges Arturs Freibergs and Ludmila Polakova, assistants to Judges Agris Dreimanis, Kristine Vanaga, Signe Balule, Gita Gutmane, Santa Kalnina and Arta Zanuka got their master’s degree in law, the acting Head of the Administration Sandra Lapina – in personnel administration.

 The assistants to Judges Diana Stepanovica and Julia Pridane, the secretaries of the court sessions Sandra Malnova and Solvita Pruse, the secretary of the Chief Justice Aria Samardziyeva and the senior specialist of the Division of Personnel of the Administration Gunita Argale completed their professional law studies of the second level.

 Majority of the masters had chosen studies in the Business School “Turiba”, two of them received their master’s degree in the University of Latvia, and the others – in the Police Academy and the Riga International School of Economy and Business. The master’s paper of Agris Dreimanis “Temporary protective means in the administrative proceedings in court” were not only highly estimated in the University of Latvia, it was also acknowledged the best in the competition of scientific works of law students organized by the magazine “Jurista Vards”.

 The law studies of the second level were chosen in the University of Latvia, the Baltic International Academy and the Police Academy.

 The reception of the graduates of the higher educational institutions by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court is a tradition which was started by the former Chief Justice Andris Gulans. The tradition continues as the court values educated employees.



Information prepared by

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

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