19 June, 2014
On June 19, Ivars Bickovics, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court accepted vow of eight advocates admitted to Latvian Council of Sworn Advocates, and a vow of one bailiff.
Assistants to sworn advocates Rita Elksnina, Krisjanis Krasovskis, Kristine Meija and Linda Vzenkovska, self-employed provider of legal services Janis Bramanis, lawyers of legal bureaus Alla Jurasa and Lauris Brikmanis and the prosecutor Didzis Vilemsons became sworn advocates.
The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court also accepted vow of Vineta Riseva. She is appointed to the office of a bailiff in the 93rd circuit of Vidzeme regional court.
Ivars Bickovics, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, considered this day of accepting of a vow as symbolical, as representatives of different legal professions – both advocates and a bailiff, gave a vow at the same time. “So thus we work together and we are responsible for court system, representatives of which we all are. Advocate’s arguments affect direction of proceedings, but it depends on work of a bailiff, how the judgement will be enforced. Public opinion on court system is formed by work of everyone of us”, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court said.
To become a sworn advocate, a person who has an appropriate education and work experience, passes the advocate’s exam. After the passing of the exam, if the Board of Sworn Advocates hasn’t received information that there are obstacles stated in the Law on Advocacy for admission of the new candidate, it admits a candidate to the community of sworn advocates. In accordance with Section 46 of the Law on Advocacy the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court accepts the oath of newly admitted advocates. Also, in accordance with Section 29 of the Law on Bailiffs a bailiff shall be included in the list of sworn bailiffs and may start discharge vocational duties, only after having insured risk of professional activity and having given a vow to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.
Information prepared by
Rasma Zvejniece, the Head of the Division of Communication of the Supreme Court
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