9 January, the Supreme Court held a meeting with Kristine Lice, the representative of Latvia in International Human Rights Institutions, to discuss topical issues of the European Court of Human Rights. Kristine Lice marked topical issues of 2016 of the European Court of Human Rights in cases decided against Latvia, with particular attention to substantiation of detention and retrial following the ruling of the European Court of Human Rights. Also the most essential issues of 2016 in cases communicated to Latvia were emphasized.

Kristine Lice introduced the audience with an overview of examined cases of 2016 before the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights. Also the ruling in case based on application by Avotins against Latvia was mentioned as one of the rulings of the Grand Chamber. In this ruling, the European Court of Human Rights reiterated that European Union law provided fundamental rights protected in the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms. However, the courts should carefully asses the actual provision of these rights. Kristine Lice thanked the representatives of the Supreme Court, which had provided support in preparation of representation in this case.

The Office of the representative of Latvia in International Human Rights Institutions has also analyzed the issues on amount of compensations in connection with unjustified deprivation of liberty in Latvian courts in the context of the case-law of the European Court of Human Rights.

The judges were interested in possible issues on judges' independence and impartiality in case when after application of preventive measure, interim relief or temporary protection a judge participates in the proceedings on the merits.

 

Information prepared by

Anita Zikmane, Head of the Division of Case-law and Research