In the spring of this year, the Latvian Judicial Training Centre hosted extensive training for judges, prosecutors and other lawyers in combating sexual abuse of children and the role of the judiciary in the fight against it. In addition to the training activities, the research "Case-law in criminal cases regarding crimes against morality and sexual inviolability of a minor" was carried out.

The aim of the research is to ensure uniform understanding and application of legal provisions. The research summarizes the case-law of all court instances during the period from 2014 to 2016 on crimes for which the court decision has come into force. The research summarizes the case-law on criminal offenses provided for in the Paragraph two and three of Section 159, Paragraphs three, four, five and six of Section 160, Section 161, Section 162 and Section 1621 of the Criminal Law.

The authors of the research are Juris Stukans, Judge of Riga Regional Court, and Nora Magone, Legal Research Counsel to the Department of Criminal Cases of the Supreme Court. The research was carried out with the informational support of the Division of Case-law and Research of the Supreme Court.

A compilation of case-law has been created within the framework of the project "Professional training for judges and prosecutors: combating sexual abuse of children". The project was implemented by the Latvian Judicial Training Centre in cooperation with partners from the USA. The project was financially supported by the Kids First Fund, the United States Embassy in Latvia and the Baltic American Freedom Foundation (BAFF).

The compilation of case-law was discussed at the sitting of the judges of the Department of Criminal Cases of the Supreme Court.

 

Research “Case-law in criminal cases regarding crimes against morality and sexual inviolability of a minor” is available on the webpage of the Supreme Court, section Judicature/Compilations of Court Decisions/Criminal law

 

Information prepared by

Darta Mestere, Project Coordinator, Legal Programme Officer at Latvian Judicial Training Centre

darta@ltmc.lv, +371 67895877