On September 27, fourteen newly admitted attorneys, giving oath to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, vowed to be faithful to Latvia, to be honest and to follow the laws of this country with confidence, to be respectful to the courts and the state power, in their activities as attorneys neither write nor say anything to harm the country, society, family and morality, to fulfill decently the duties of attorneys, to protect interests of the authorizing parties or those persons with the cases of who they work being aware that they are liable for their work under the law.
The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court appealed to the attorneys to keep the oath as a guideline in their everyday activities. At the present moment it is especially important because, as noted A. Guļāns, the so called phone calls scandal has cast a shadow on the court system to which the attorneys belong, as well. If the facts are confirmed, not only part of the judges, but the attorneys, too, will have to admit that they have allowed serious violations of ethical standards. The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court urged the new attorneys to follow strictly the ethics of litigation and to think about their activities every day. “May be an action has no malicious intention, but it is necessary to think about how it is seen and understood by people who do not know all the circumstances of the situation. It is necessary to abstain from action which may be interpreted as doubts for impartial examination of cases,” A. Guļāns said. He asked the attorneys, with their professional and honest work, to apply their joint efforts to develop a court system which can be trusted by society. The Chief Justice stressed the significance of professional growth and perfection as the quality of court proceedings has to be developed on the basis of knowledge and not on another kind of activities.
Among the admitted attorneys there is teaching staff Jānis Kārkliņs, professor in the Chair of Civil Law of the Faculty of Law of the University of Latvia, Elita Nīmande, lecturer in the Chair of Criminal Law of the Faculty of Law of the University of Latvia, Inta Baltiņa, professor in the Faculty of Law of the School of Social Technologies, prosecutors – Sņežana Makaruka, prosecutor of the prosecutor’s office of Valka region, and Zinta Pavāre, prosecutor of the prosecutor’s office on customs, Haralds Narbuts, assistant to the judge of the Zemgales district court, Marina Šiļčenoka, senior inspector of the Riga police headquarters, lawyers from different companies – Baiba Didrihsone, lawyer from JSC “Drogas”, Jeļena Jaskova, senior counsel of the IJSC “Balta”, Matīss Dāvis Kukainis, counsel of SIA KLT Legal Tax, Andris Stradiņš, chief counsel of the Commission of Finances and Capital Market, Brigita Tēraude, lawyer of “Sorainen Law Office”, as well as Kristīna Ciproviča, lawyer of “Kristīna Ciproviča Law Office”, and self-employed individual Artūrs Gēgeris. All of them have education in law, five of them – Master’s Degree, Jānis Kārkliņš and Elita Nīmande – Doctor of Law Degree.
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.

September 27, 2007
Information prepared by Division of Communications of the Supreme Court
Author: Rasma Zvejniece, Manager of the Division of Communications of the Supreme Court
E-mail: rasma.zvejniece@at.gov.lv, telephone: 7020396, 28652211