In the ceremonial event organised by the Ministry of Justice on 20 November in honour of the anniversary of proclamation of the Republic of Latvia, Anita POlakova, the judge of the Department of Criminal Cases, Anda Briede, the judge of the Department of Civil Cases, and Sandra Lapina, the Head of the Administration of the Supreme Court, received the highest award of the system of justice – the Mark of Distinction.

Anita Polakova has worked in a court system since 1982, holding an office of a judge for 16 years, and she has been the judge of the Supreme Court since 2007. Anda Briede has held an office of a judge for 23 years, and she has been the judge of the Supreme Court since 2005.

Sandra Lapina has been the Head of the Administration of the Supreme Court since 2008. She gave significant contribution also to commencement and ensuing of activity of the Council for the Judiciary.  

In total, 23 Marks of Distinction of the System of Justice were given to judges, prosecutors, notaries, bailiffs and employees of the Ministry of Justice, this year.  

Awards were given by Ivars Bickovics, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, and Eriks Kalnmeiers, the Prosecutor General.

The Mark of Distinction is special award established jointly by Latvian judicial system seven years ago, appreciating importance of lawyers’ profession and being aware of necessity for feeling of professional community. The purpose of the award of the system of justice is to highlight particular achievements and contribution to development of the system of justice and strengthening of rule of law of the Republic of Latvia.  

 

 

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