Today, on March 17, Ivars Bickovics, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court in Luxembourg participates in the discussion organised by the Court of Justice of the European Union with Chiefs Justice of the Supreme Judicial Courts of the European Union on references for preliminary rulings submitted to the Court of Justice of the European Union by Member states. 

The discussion on aspects of communication between the Court of Justice and the European Union and Member states is headed by Vassilios Skouris, the President of the Court of Justice of the European Union.

Priit Pikamae, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Estonia, and Antonio Silva Henriques Gaspar, the President of the Supreme Court of Portugal will introduce experience of national courts, and representatives of Supreme Courts of more than twenty member states will participate in the round table discussion.  

However, the discussion on future of the preliminary ruling proceedings will be managed by Thomas von Danwitz, the President of the Fifth Chamber of the Court of Justice of the European Union.  

Courts of each Member state of the European Union are responsible for correct and uniform application of the EU law in correspondent state. To reduce probability that courts could interpret the EU law differently in various countries, “preliminary ruling procedure” is established.  If the court has doubts in respect of interpretation or validity of some legal provision of the EU, it may (and, in particular cases, it must) address the Court of Justice of the European Union with prejudicial question, and the Court shall adopt prejudicial ruling.  

 

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