Observing the fact that the Supreme Court gradually becomes only the cassation instance, which will examine comparatively small number of total amount of cases, role of lower courts and of the Prosecutor’s office in ensuring of uniform case-law increases, – Ivars Bickovics, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, said, when addressing prosecutors at the annual report-back meeting on 17 February.

The year 2015 brought changes in cooperation between the Supreme Court and the Prosecutor’s office, because, along with liquidation of the Chamber of Criminal Cases and decrease of number of cases in the Chamber of Civil Cases, and transfer to written procedure, basically, in the cassation instance, prosecutors come to court hearings in the Supreme Court even more rarely. However, as the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court indicated – the quantity must turn into quality. Namely, if approximately one third of cases has been appealed to the cassation instance, and even less number of cases has been examined, then even lower courts and the Prosecutor’s office are assigned even more important role in development of unified case-law. However, another high demands have been established in respect of prosecutors’ work in the cassation instance, namely, the study and application of theoretical conclusions and case-law. For the purpose of strengthening of the cassation instance, the Division of Case-law and Research was established in the Supreme Court, and the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court also invited prosecutors to cooperate with it.

Referring to criticism  of media expressed at the annual prosecutors’ meeting, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, in his turn, reminded that the Council for the Judiciary, when nominating communication as one of priorities of last year, stressed the necessity that institutions of the court system themselves must be active in communication and explain  their decisions and activities. He invited prosecutors to get familiarised with Guidelines on Communication of the Court System approved by the Council for the Judiciary and use and develop them both in mutual communication and in activities carried out by each institution.

Being the Chairman of the Council for the Judiciary, Ivars Bickovics also informed about one of priorities of work of the Council for the Judiciary stipulated for this year – improvement of the system of wages of judges and prosecutors, balancing it with remuneration in public administration, and increase of salaries of employees of courts and the Prosecutor’s office.  

 

  

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