Representatives of the Supreme Court and of the Constitutional Court were invited to participate in the ceremonial sitting of the Saeima (Parliament) dedicated to the 25th anniversary of restoration of independence of the Republic of Latvia held on 4 May. Ivars Bickovics, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, and Peteris Dzalbe, Veronika Krumina and Edite Vernusa, Chairs of departments of the Supreme Court, were among invited guests.

“Today we are still on our way to future Latvia, which we dreamt of 25 years ago; to Latvia, in which justice and more unite field of values and ideas exist; in which we recognise ourselves as capable and strong nation; to Latvia, in which respect and grace towards neighbour is self-evident; where each Latvian citizen feels secure of himself and his future,” Inara Murniece, the Chair of the Saeima said in ceremonial allocution, stressing that Latvia is mostly endangered by greed and avidity for money, and there is lot to do in the state to eliminate flagrant distortion of principle of justice. 

Admitting 4 May as point of reference of restored independence, the Chair of the Saeima assessed the development of the state during past 25 years. As the first, she pointed out that restoration of Latvian state institutions was successful, and that democratic Constitution has been in reinforced in Latvia for 22 years already, and fundamentals of the state are consolidated in the Constitution, being fixed nucleus of the Constitution.

The Supreme Court was one of the first institutions restored on the basis of continuity of the Latvian State of 18 November 1918. as The day of commencement of work of the restored Supreme Court of the Republic of Latvia may be considered 17 May 1990, when the Supreme Council of the Republic of Latvia elected Gvido Zemribo to the office of the Chairman of the highest court instance of new Latvian State and instructed him to submit proposal on personnel of the Supreme Court and its Presidium. The historical title of the Senate was acquired by the Supreme Court later, by the law “On Judicial Power” of 1992.  

 

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