“The notariate has performed valuable work – it preserved its trace in history,” Ivars Bickovics, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, said on 4 February at the opening of the book “Notariate of Latvia 1944-2015. Biographical dictionary” published by Latvian Council of Sworn Notaries.

Stressing importance of work of each person employed within the court system, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court pointed out that it is important to preserve information on performers for history as well.  Council of Sworn Notaries has performed this task, having published the second volume of bibliographical dictionary of state notaries and sworn notaries (the first volume comprising period from 1889 until 1945 was published two years ago).

Chapter on persons of bibliographical dictionary composed by the Doctor of History Valters Scerbinskis comprises biographies of 335 state notaries and sworn notaries. These notaries were admitted to the court system during Soviet occupation and after restoration of independence of Latvia. 

Vija Pizica, the Head of the project and the Executive Director of the Council of Sworn Notaries, points out that by providing insight into the history of notariate during the second Soviet occupation, the book discloses important evidence on  history of Latvia in general.  The book also reflects changes in education and professionalism of notaries, implementation of the new Notariate Law, development of notariate system after restoration of independence of Latvia.  “This book is an important contribution to exploration of Soviet past, to live respectfully and with understanding in future,” writes Doctor of Law and the Professor Sanita Osipova, the author of the preface to the book. 


Information prepared by

Rasma Zvejniece, the Head of the Division of Communication of the Supreme Court

E-mail: rasma.zvejniece@at.gov.lv, telephone: 67020396, 28652211