Closing a page of history of the Chamber of Criminal Cases of the Supreme Court, history of this court instance, which was important for Latvian court system, is summed up and small book is published, to opening of which the Supreme Court invited present and former judges, assistants to judges and present employees of the Chamber of Criminal Cases and Heads of other structural units on 18 December.  

Small book includes summary of chronicle of the most important events of the Chamber of Criminal Cases – beginning from the decision of the Plenary Session of the Supreme Court of 3 October 1995 on establishment of departments of the Senate and court Chambers until the last court hearing in December 2014. Statistical data show that more than 7600 cases were processed in the Chamber of Criminal Cases in 19 years.  

The book also tells about people, who worked in the Chamber of Criminal Cases. There were three Chairs of the Chamber – Andrejs Lepse, Ivars Bickovics and Ervins Kuskis, and 18 judges and 16 assistants to judges worked under their guidance in these years.  Together with the staff of the chancery – 89 employees the Chamber of Criminal Cases had been a part of their life. The most valuable and interesting section of the book – memories and photos of judges and employees about their joint moments of work and relax serve as evidence of that.

“In facts, figures, photos and memories we have tried to preserve evidence about operation of this court instance, which was important for Latvian court system.  Thanks to all current and former judges, assistants to judges, employees of the chancery of the Chamber for time spent together and work performed”, when giving a book, Ivars Bickovics, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, addressed some special words of gratitude to each judge. The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court pointed out those values, which the Chamber of Criminal Cases gave to Latvian court system – except for cases reviewed, collections of rulings of the appellate instance are published,  several assistants to judges became judges, prosecutors, advocates, two judges of the Chamber of Criminal Cases had been judges of the Constitutional Court, almost all composition of the cassation instance – the Department of Criminal Cases, consists of former judges of the chamber. 

Ervins Kuskis, the Chair of the Chamber of Criminal Cases, pointed out that on 31 December 2014 important historical page in history of judiciary of independent Latvia will be closed and everyone, who worked in the Chamber of Criminal Cases, can be proud that they were part of this history. “It was my honour to work together with all of you”, the Chair of the Chamber said.   

The book “The Chamber of Criminal Cases of the Supreme Court 1995–2014” is published in small circulation and it will be only a memorial edition, which will be stored also in the library and the museum of the Supreme Court.

In accordance with amendments to the law “On Judicial Power” of 13 June 2013 Latvian court system has been changed, eliminating the appellate instance – chambers – at the Supreme Court. The law stipulates that the Chamber of Criminal Cases exists within composition of the Supreme Court until 31 December 2013 and the Chamber of Civil Cases – until 31 December 2016.

 

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