On March 12, a mournful message was received – the Honorary Judge of the Supreme Court, Professor Kalvis Torgans (1939–2021), had passed away. For six years of his rich and active life, he was a senator in the Department of Civil Cases of the Senate. He was an outstanding personality who lit more than one star in the sky of case law.

Kalvis Torgans became a senator in 2008 – at the age of almost 70. Upon reaching the maximum age of serving as a judge, his term of office was extended by five years in accordance with the possibility provided by the law at that moment.

While working in the Senate, Kalvis Torgans' knowledge, experience and authority were strong arguments not only in discussions on court cases, but also in the development of case law and in working groups on draft laws.

He was one of the most prominent Latvian legal scholars in the field of civil law and civil procedure. He was a Professor of the Faculty of Law of the University of Latvia, former Dean, Head of the Department of Civil Law, Chair of the Council of Professors of Law of the University of Latvia, and full member of the Latvian Academy of Sciences.

Kalvis Torgans is an author of almost 40 books and about 250 scientific publications. The scientific edition by Kalvis Torgans contains comments on the Civil Procedure Law in two parts.

Kalvis Torgans was awarded the Order of the Three Stars, the Honorary Badge of the Judicial System, received the Cabinet of Ministers Award for Comments on the Civil Law, the Grand Medal of the Latvian Academy of Sciences, the Silver Honorary Badge of the University of Latvia and the award for establishing a scientific school in civil law. While working at the Supreme Court, he received the Themis Award in the nomination "Man of the Year". In 2015, Kalvis Torgans was awarded the title of Honorary Judge.

The Supreme Court expresses its sincerest condolences to the family of Kalvis Torgans.

 

 

Information prepared by

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

E-mail: rasma.zvejniece@at.gov.lv, telephone: +371 67020396, +371 28652211