In the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in Strasbourg in the court session on December 9, in which the case of “A, B and C against Ireland in the case about abortions” as listeners the senator of the Department of Civil Cases of the Senate of the Supreme Court Inara Garda, the judge of the Chamber of Criminal Cases Inguna Radzevica and secretary of court hearings of the Senate Ilga Vekmane. Judges and employees of the Supreme Court regularly use opportunity to participate in the sessions of ECHR and get an experience, meeting judges and specialists from Latvia and other countries.

The oral sessions of ECHR have been held rarely. They take place in open court proceedings, and delegations from all over the world can submit applications for participation. This time, in the court session, except for representatives of the Supreme Court of Latvia, representatives of the Supreme Court of Canada, Russia, etc. also arrived. Students from Germany and France and other interested persons also arrived.

After court session representatives of the Supreme Court met the lawyer of ECHR from Latvia Kristaps Tamuzs, the judge of the ECHR from Lithuania Danute Jociene (Danuté Jočiené) and the judge of the ECHR from Serbia Dragoljub Popovic (Dragoljub Popović) and discussed topical questions related to juridical questions in cases, being in proceedings of Latvia, for example, case of pensions, the case about accident in Talsi, etc.

Kristaps Tamuzs acquainted judges with the procedure of arrival of cases in the ECHR, their registration and further move, about statistics in general and statistics of those applications that come from Latvia, and also told about the last sentences of the ECHR, that have been accepted in complaints, related to Latvia.

The judge of the ECHR from Lithuania told about sentences related to Lithuania, and compared experience of Latvia and Lithuania in cases and common trends. The judge of the ECHR from Serbia told about tendencies in the last sentences of the ECHR about questions of Property Rights and presented his recently published book about Property in sense of human rights (Protecting Property In European Human Rights Law), which he gave as a present also to library of the Supreme Court.

The greatest number of complaints has been received in the ECHR from Russia (approximately 27000 complaints), Turkey (approximately 9000 complaints), Poland (approximately 9000 complaints) and Romania (approximately 9000 complaints). From Latvia during the year there have been received approximately 400 complaints. The Commission of the ECHR rejects approximately 80-90% of cases that are so called evidently unacceptable cases, most often because submitter hasn’t fulfilled all criteria stated, so that complaint would be accepted. Complaints that have been accepted for review have been reviewed in Chamber of the ECHR usually in composition of 7 judges. The Chamber can decide, if the complaint should be sent to a review in the Grand Chamber. Usually, to the Grand Chamber there have been sent cases, in which there is disputable case-law, it is necessary to change the case-law and sensitive cases. Interested persons can see the court sessions or oral proceedings of the Grand Chamber in the home page of the ECHR (http://www.echr.coe.int). Video has been put in the home page in the afternoon in the day of the appropriate court session.


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