25 November, 2010
Ivars Bickovics, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, on the 25th of November executed duty stated in the Advocacy Law – he accepted an oath of seventeen newly admitted advocates. Sixteen of them were assistants to sworn advocates, so they are acquainted with work in advocacy, and one advocate was the head of the legal department of business entity.
Community of sworn advocates has been extended by Marita Abola, Andrejs Adamsons, Juris Beikmanis, Andrejs Elksnins, Jana Fridmane, Laura Gatavs, Anita Gravite, Andris Kluss, Edgars Nacuks, Ilze Pumpurina, Linda Purenkova, Armands Rasa, Lelde Svagere, Elina Stankevica, Konstantins telakovs, Maija Tipaine and Zane Veidemane-Berzina.
The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, having noticed that almost all new advocates had worked as assistants to judges, stressed: although they are familiar to work of an advocate already, but level of responsibility becomes different in future: “Although an advocate chooses his/her way freely to some extent, and he/she has to take care of his/her clients and his/her income, but it is necessary to remember that an advocate is a representative of legal system as well, developing opinion and evaluation of society in relation to court system with his/her work”, I.Bickovics said. He wished new advocates to be respected colleagues among advocates and demanded ones – among clients.
To become a sworn advocate, an individual with appropriate education and work experience has to pass an advocate exam. After inclusion of an individual in the Latvian Council of Sworn Advocates, pursuant to the Section 46 of the Advocacy Law, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court accepts an oath of newly admitted advocates.
Information prepared by
Rasma Zvejniece, the Head of the Division of Communication of the Supreme Court
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