As from 1 January, there have been changes in organisational structure of the Supreme Court – previous Division of Case-law has been reorganised, transforming it into the Division of Case-law and Research.  

Along with establishing of the Division of Case-law and Research its functions will be expanded.  The new division will continue to discharge functions performed previously by the Division of Case-law, namely, it will summarize and study case-law on topical legal issues; will prepare compilations and information materials for the development of uniform case-law; will select and systematize rulings of departments of the Supreme Court, which raise legal interest; will improve case-law data base; will anonymize rulings to be published.  Additionally, new functions will be added – to elaborate studies on solutions of particular problems in the EU law and international law, case-law or laws of other countries; to summarize court statistics and prepare statistical reports, and to prepare draft documents on issues to be examined by the Council for the Judiciary and studies for needs of the Council for the Judiciary.  

The Head of the Division of Case-law and Research is Anita Zikmane, the former adviser to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court on EU law issues. Previously, she had been a lawyer in the Court of Justice of the European Union and an assistant to a judge in the Court of First Instance of the Court of European Communities, and the Head of the Department of the Court of European Communities and the Director of the Department of Civil Law at the Ministry of Justice.

The adviser on EU law issues, Solvita Harbacevica, works in the new division, and as from 11 January, Dace Sulmane, the adviser on issues regarding the Council for the Judiciary, will join her. The competition to offices of legal advisers still continues.  

Juris Kalnins and Anda Krastina, previous consultants of the Division of Case-law, and Zinaida Indruna, the consultant on law application issues, will also continue work in the ew division.

Pavels Gruzins, the previous Head of the Division of Case-law, in his turn, is transferred to work as the consultant to the Administration.  

 

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