Collective vote stated that the Person of the Year of the Supreme Court is professor Kalvis Torgans, the senator of the Department of Civil Cases of the Senate.  

When receiving the Themis Award in nomination, which is the highest appreciation of the court, Kalvis Torgans expressed joy and gratification for collective assessment of his work. The senator acknowledged that he had agreed to come to the Supreme Court to work “for some year”, but five years have already passed and he is still here both because work requires it and because “it is good aura here”.  

However, colleagues, having advanced Kalvis Torgans to this nomination, stressed that, with his activity, he represents the Supreme Court the most extensively and the most positively, his role in development of legal sciences in the state and the fact that the professor, being lecturer at the University of Latvia and legal scientist, has given significant contribution to development of the Senate case-law, has been evaluated.    

It is indicated in the vote that Kalvis Torgans has been a professional and authority in field of civil law, “traction” of problem of demurrage, which has been discussed in society for long time. He had been able to achieve ambitious goals, not losing humanity, and he uses his knowledge also in education of other colleagues. Good-natured and ambitious. Always positive, man with fantastic sense of humour.  

Senator’s Torgans ability to find time also to write legal literature has also been pointed out. At least one book is published a year! This year, he had written not only a book on delict law, but also prepared compilation of case-law and conducted play of court proceedings to students in the Supreme Court.  He has been gilded with great abilities to work.

Three more traditional Themis Awards – the Judge of the Year, the Judge’s Assistant of the Year and the Employee of the Year – were granted in collective vote.

The title of the Judge of the Year-2013 was given to Marite Zagere, the senator of the Department of Civil Cases of the Senate and the Chair of the Disciplinary Court. Judge’s Assistant of the Year-2013 is Linda Vigante, the senator’s assistant of the Department of Civil Cases of the Senate, and Employee of the Year-2013 is Inta Kirse, the senior adviser of the Division of Document Administration, the employee with the longest service in the Supreme Court, having dedicated 33 years of her life to it.     

Themis Awards have been given in the Supreme Court for the ninth year already. Vote takes place in secret ballot in two rounds, and in the first round each judge and employee is given an opportunity to nominate people, who, in their opinion, deserve these titles. In the second round three candidates, for whom the biggest number of votes were given, have been nominated for vote. 

The title of the Person of the Year of the Supreme Court had been given to former senators Rolands Krauze, Imants Fridrihsons and Roberts Guntis Namatevs, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Ivars Bickovics and former Chief Justice Andris Gulans, the Chair of the Chamber of Civil Cases Gunars Aigars and Aiva Zarina, the former judge of the chamber, the Head of the Division of Case-law Pavels Gruzins and Zigmants Gencs, the Chair of the Department of Civil Cases of the Senate.

 

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