Although being printed in the printing-house yet, the new issue of the Supreme Court Bulletin is available for reading in electronic form. One may say that it is festive issue a bit, as it is the tenth issue since restoration of the Bulletin in 2010.   

The Bulletin includes public report of the Supreme Court for 2014 – reports by Heads of structural units, statistics, report by the Chair of the Disciplinary Court and summary by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court on performance of last year and perspectives.  

Conclusions of eight compilations of court decisions prepared by the Division of Case-law in co-operation with legal scientists and practitioners, indices of rulings of 2014 published on the web site of the Supreme Court and theses of rulings, which change the case-law, are published in the section of legal praxis. The Bulletin also includes reports prepared by each department of the Supreme Court to be published in special “essence” selection of case-law – in the collection of rulings of the Supreme Court of 2014.  

Section of legal thoughtsis particularly rich in readings and reports read by judges of the Supreme Court at different conferences and other events, and publications in scientific editions, legal and mass media, this time.  Ivars Bickovics, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, and Kristine Strada-Rozenberga, the Dean of the Faculty of Law of the University of Latvia studied importance of legal doctrine in case-law but Janis Neimanis, the judge of the Department of Administrative Cases and the associated professor of the Faculty of Law of the University of Latvia studied the role of judgements of the Constitutional Court in administering of justice in courts of general jurisdiction and administrative courts. Veronika Krumina, the Chair of the Department of Administrative Cases expresses her opinion on lessons of case of elections and judges’ values and responsibility.  

Several publications are dedicated to issues, which are topical for particular branch of law Jautrite Briede, the judge of the Department of Administrative Cases, the professor at the Faculty of Law of the University of Latvia has two publications – on problematic aspects of conclusion of the administrative agreement and on inaction of an institution as form of factual action. Janis Neimanis studied opportunities to act in case of ineffective legal regulations, analysing announcing of the address of the document as an example, and performed analysis of principle of impartial investigation. Dace Mita, the judge of the Department of Administrative Cases, in turn, summarised case-law of administrative courts in reimbursement of damages, and Aigars Strupiss, the judge of the Department of Civil Cases, analysed what parties are responsible in legal protection proceedings in courts for.  Range of authors of the Bulletin is also supplemented by Inga Bertaite and Janis Baumanis, scientific advisers of the Supreme Court.

As usually –decisions of the Plenary Session of the Supreme Court and other information, experience and conclusions gained by judges in business trips,and decisions of the Council for the Judiciary regarding issues conceptual for court system are published in the Bulletin. This time, particular place is dedicated to pages of history of the Supreme Court, looking back to the most significant facts in the history of the Chamber of Criminal Cases, which was liquidated at the end of last year, and two decades were celebrated, namely, the 10th anniversary of establishment of the Administration of the Supreme Court and decade of the Themis Award of the Supreme Court.   

The Supreme Court Bulletin is published twice a year. It is delivered to all Latvian courts and other institutions of system of justice, and it is also delivered to libraries and Faculties of Law of highest educational institutions, and published on the web site of the Supreme Court

One may read the Bulletin here


Information prepared by

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

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