The highest award of the Supreme Court – the title of the Person of the Year and Themis award in year 2009 had been given to the deputy of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, the Chair of the Chamber of Civil Cases Gunars Aigars.

While advising Gunars Aigars for this title, judges and employees indicated that Aigars in year 2009 was re-elected for the post of deputy of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, he achieved maximum age of the judge of the Supreme Court – 70 years, he is full of energy to continue working and his term of office was prolonged for 5 years. This is evidence of his experience and high competency, colleagues say. In year 2009 Gunars Aigars received also State award – Cross of Recognition.

“Energetic, clever, competent, understanding chief. A humane, collegial and helpful colleague. Also in conditions of great load keeps his optimism and calmness. Always kind, smiling, helpful, sharing his knowledge and gives some advice”, thus colleagues evaluate Aigars.

Having evaluated contribution of judges and employees to direct work and life of the Supreme Court in general, and also mutual helpfulness and social activities, two more traditional Themis awards were given in nominations The Judge of the Year and the Assistant to the Judge of the Year, and also one new award – the Employee of the Year.

The title of the Judge of the Year in 2009 was received by the judge of the Chamber of Criminal Cases Eduards Pupovs, the Assistant of the Judge of the Year – the assistant of the Chair of the Chamber of Civil Cases Irina Casa, and the Employee of the Year – the Head of the Administration Sandra Lapina.

Since 2005 the Themis Award of the Supreme Court in the nomination of the Person of the Year has been given to a person, whom judges and employees respect and are proud of. Titles of the Judge of the Year, the Assistant to the Judge of the Year and Employee of the Year have been given to the most professional and helpful representatives of their professions.

Elections are closed, in two turns, and in the first turn each judge and employee has an opportunity to vote for those persons, who deserve these titles, in their opinion. In the second turn the election has been made for those three candidates, for whom the biggest number of votes was given.

In 2005 the title of the Person of the Year of the Supreme Court was given to the ex-senator of the Supreme Court Rolands Krauze, in 2006 – to Imants Fridrihsons, in 2007 – to Roberts Guntis Namatevs, and in 2008 the award had two owners – the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Ivars Bickovics and the ex-Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Andris Gulans.


Information prepared by

Head of the Division of Communications of the Supreme Court Rasma Zvejniece

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