Functions

The Latvian Council of Sworn Advocates shall:

1) take a decision regarding the admission and inclusion of sworn advocates and assistants to sworn advocates, and the exclusion, suspension or dismissal of sworn advocates and assistants to sworn advocates, as well as the suspension of the activities of individual sworn advocates and assistants to sworn advocates;

2) compile lists of sworn advocates and assistants to sworn advocates, as well as the elders of sworn advocates practising within the court operation territory and ensure public access to these lists;

3) manage the organisational matters of the Latvian Collegium of Sworn Advocates;

4) supervise the activities of sworn advocates and assistants to sworn advocates, examine the issued complaints regarding their activities, as well as initiate disciplinary proceedings;

5) manage the training of assistants to sworn advocates;

6) taking into account the location of courts, the Office of the Prosecutor and pre-trial investigating authorities, as well as the number of inhabitants in the relevant court operation territory, determine the minimum number of sworn advocates therein which is required in order to ensure sufficient legal assistance, but not limit the maximum number of sworn advocates practising within this court operation territory;

7) approve the elder of the sworn advocates practising in the court operation territory, as well as dismiss him or her from the duties of the elder of the sworn advocates upon his or her request or if he or she fails to fulfil the duties specified in this Law;

8) issue certificates of sworn advocates and assistants to sworn advocates;

9) assign advocates to conduct cases in courts, pre-trial investigation institutions and in other institutions in return for payment for those persons who due to a good reason cannot find an advocate to conduct their case, as well as upon the request of the elders of the sworn advocates of the court operation territory assign advocates to perform defence and representation provided by the State in the criminal proceedings or to provide State ensured legal assistance in the cases specified by the Law;

10) establish consultations for the provision of legal assistance to poor persons or persons of low-income;

11) see to the settling of the cases of such sworn advocates and assistants to sworn advocates who have died, are missing without information as to his or her whereabouts, have fallen ill or are unable to handle their own cases and the cases of their clients;

12) determine the amount of compensation for an advocate and other expenses related to the provision of legal assistance according to Section 57 of this Law if the advocate and his or her client have differences of opinion related to this matter and they do not have a written mutual agreement;

13) determine the procedures for and the amounts of payments required from sworn advocates and assistants to sworn advocates for the maintenance of the Latvian Collegium of Sworn Advocates;

14) determine the procedures by which the elders of the sworn advocates organise the work of advocates practising in the court operation territory, as well as determine the procedures for drawing up the duty schedule for advocates necessary for the performance of State ensured defence and representation in the criminal proceedings;

15) ensure the organisation of the work of advocates for the performance of defence and representation in the criminal proceedings upon the request of the performer of procedures, as well as for the provision of State ensured legal assistance in the cases specified in the Law;

16) administer the financing granted from the State budget for the elders of the sworn advocates of the court operation territory in accordance with the procedures provided for in the Cabinet Regulation referred to in Section 12, Paragraph three of this Law;

17) determine the procedures for the selection of the elder of the sworn advocates practising in the court operation territory.

Friday, 14.05.2021

Next Meeting of the Latvian Council of Sworn Advocates - 18.05.2021.

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