“The Supreme Court becoming only cassation instance as a result of court reform, its work will be even more important in court system – not by number of rulings, but by their importance in development of case-law, theoretical reasoning and use of scientific conclusions”, Ivars Bickovics, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court said at the meeting with new scientific advisers of the Supreme Court. The Chief Justice stressed the fact that scientific analytical service has been developed to support work of departments.

Rihards Gulbis, scientific adviser of the Department of Civil Cases, commenced work in the Supreme Court this week, but Janis Baumanis, the adviser of the Department of Criminal Cases, and Inga Bertaite, the adviser of the Department of Administrative Cases, have started to discharge these duties previously. Thus, new offices are made up in all departments, and scientific analytical service started work.

Service of scientific advisers might, possibly, become permanent structural unit in a long run, at present there are three advisers - by one in each department, and they will perform scientific research, which is necessary to ensure work of the department. Advisers will participate in elaboration of court rulings in complex cases and in elaboration of draft laws, will represent departments in other institutions, work groups and conferences, and will discharge other duties to support work of the department.

Responsiveness in the competition to offices of scientific advisers was large, both present employees of the Supreme Court and lawyers with extensive experience and good education applied. Selection of advisers was carried out in cooperation with Chairs of departments, observing particularities of work and topical problematic issues of each department.

Inga Betaite, the scientific adviser of the Department of Administrative Cases, graduated doctoral studies in law. She has worked in the Department of Administrative Cases of the Supreme Court for last ten years, initially – as the assistant to the judge, and since 2012 – as the assistant to the Chair of the department. Co-author of comments on the Administrative Procedure Law, acquired significant experience in scientific work, when working as a legal editor in the scientific monthly edition “Rule and Law”.

Doctor of Law Janis Baumanis, the adviser of the Department of Criminal Cases and the associated professor at Riga Stradins University, has carried out research in law for more than fifteen years, had worked in law enforcement bodies – in the Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau, Prison Administration and State Police, has actively participated in law-making processes and discharges duties of academic staff in higher educational institutions.   

Professional experience of Doctor of Law Rihards Gulbis, the adviser of the Department of Civil Cases, in solving of legal issues in field of intellectual property, liability law and property law, commercial law and competition law was acquired, when working in state holding company, in bureau of sworn advocates, in private company, and managing the Department of Copyright at the Ministry of Culture. He is a lecturer in intellectual law and copyright study courses in several higher educational institutions.

Offices of scientific advisers were established in the Supreme Court to strengthen the capacity of cassation instance. Observing complexity of cases reviewed in the Supreme Court, providing of appropriate, highly qualified support staff is one of solutions for qualitative and timely review of cases within existing work load of judges.  

 

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