1 December, 2021
On December 1, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court took the oath of twelve advocates admitted to the Latvian Council of Sworn Advocates.
Anda Staltmane, Artūrs Parfjonovs, Toms Krūmiņš, Ilona Kaļinovska, Aija Kreicberga, Paula Kreicšteina, Andris Nurenbergs, Liene Šķiņķe, Laura Skrīvere-Zvejsalniece, Zanda Frišfelde, Laura Ozola, and Andris Vilisons joined the community of sworn advocates.
The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court emphasized that the court and advocates work for one goal – to ensure the rule of law, and calls for a healthy, dignified dialogue to achieve this goal.
Wishing the new advocates a creative and successful professional career, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court expressed the hope that if one ever happens to be at the crossroads of a serious decision, returning to this oath will always help an advocate to find the right answer.
Three advocates were sworn in remotely on the Zoom platform and signed the oath with a secure electronic signature. For others, the oath was taken in person, subject to epidemiological safety requirements. Each advocate was sworn in individually, and instead of addressing the whole group, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Aigars Strupišs, presented an individual letter of congratulations to each advocate, congratulating each new sworn advocate on joining the circle of persons belonging to the court system.
In order to become a sworn advocate, a person who has an appropriate education and work experience, passes the advocates’ exam. After passing of the exam, if the Council of Sworn Advocates hasn’t received information on obstacles for admission of the new candidate stipulated in the Law on Advocacy, 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.
Information prepared by
Rasma Zvejniece, the Head of the Division of Communication of the Supreme Court
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