On July 15, Andris Berzins, the President of Latvia, accepted solemn oath of Aigars Strupiss, the judge of the Supreme Court. The judge solemnly swore: “to be honest and fair, to be loyal to the Republic of Latvia, to always endeavour to determine the truth, never to betray it, and to adjudge strictly in accordance with the Constitution and the laws of the Republic of Latvia.” Having accepted the oath, the President of Latvia issued to the judge Aigars Strupiss the insignia of office.

When greeting the new colleague, Ivars Bickovics, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court wished always to remember high responsibility the judge, who gave the oath and received judge’s insignia of office from the President, is endowed with. I.Bickovics pointed out that today event, when the President of Latvia accepts an oath of a judge of the Supreme Court, is particularly important. Addressing the muster, Ivars Bickovics, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court said: “It is rare occurrence, when a judge starts his mission in the highest instance at once, because previously he had been representative of academic environment – legal scientist and lecturer.

Ancient wisdom says that theory without practice is empty, and practice without theory is blind. So, we are satisfied that the Supreme Court Department of Civil Cases supplemented its body with one of the leading specialists in Latvian commercial law. I am sure that Aigars Strupiss will fully compensate lack of experience with knowledge, which he had previously used in his lectures, books and studies.

Commercial law is topicality not only for court system, but also for economy of Latvia, and Foreign Investors’ Council in Latvia has indicated it the whole time. Commercial disputes become even more complex in courts’ practice. That is why judges specialised in this field are much needed in cassation instance in the Supreme Court.”

In 1990, Aigars Strupiss acquired lawyer’s diploma in the University of Latvia and at present he studies in doctoral programme.  

Aigars Strupiss has more than 20 years of experience in academic and research work in field of law and practical law, and in drafting of legal provisions, which had been performed in status of an independent expert.  He also has had long-term cooperation with different state institutions and international organizations, had worked in permanent working group on the commercial law at the Ministry of Justice and in the Consultative Council of the Register of Enterprises.

On 5 June 2014, the Saeima (Parliament) confirmed Aigars Strupiss in the office of a judge of the Supreme Court without limitation of term of office.

 

Information prepared by Baiba Kataja, the Press secretary of the Supreme Court

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