Overall, the Senate’s performance indicators 2019 show dynamic activity and confirm that changes in the work organization of departments, notably through successful application of judges' experience and full replacement of judges who have been absent for a long time, have produced positive results.

In 2019, 2942 cases were reviewed in the Senate. Overall, there has been a decrease in the number of cases received, an increase in the number of cases reviewed and a 9% decrease in the backlog of pending cases.

The Department of Administrative Cases has reviewed 951 cases, the Department of Civil Cases has reviewed 1208 cases and the Department of Criminal Cases – 783 cases. All three departments have a positive ratio of cases reviewed, namely, cases reviewed in the Department of Administrative Cases constituted 13% more than cases received, in the Department of Civil Cases there are 4% more cases reviewed than received and 2% more cases reviewed in the Department of Criminal Cases than received in the same period.

The most significant increase in cases reviewed was in the Department of Administrative Cases, which examined 25% more cases than in the previous year and the backlog of cases decreased by 12%. The Department of Criminal Cases also reviewed 17% more cases than in the previous year, and the backlog of cases decreased by 12%.

Ivars Bickovics, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, emphasizes that "the dynamics of the examination of cases presented in recent years has been largely ensured by several substantial amendments to the procedural laws aimed at reducing the workload in the Senate and rendering the cassation proceedings more efficient".

A senator has reviewed an average of 86 cases in 2019. Such workload is not low given the complexity of the legal issues under discussion in the Senate. Ivars Bickovics points out that the Senate will continue to look for the possibility of improving procedural regulations that would reduce the number of unjustified, unlawful cassation complaints. Likewise, the Senate will continue to develop topical issues of interpretation and application of legal provisions in Senate’s case law, thus promoting creation of uniform case law.

Although inconsiderably, the number of cases received in each department, and consequently in the Court as a whole, decreases. This makes it possible to forecast regularity of examination of cases in the following year.

The Plenary Session of the Supreme Court's Annual Report, which will analyse the performance of the Senate in 2019, is scheduled for February 17.

 

 

Information prepared by

Rasma Zvejniece, the Head of the Division of Communication of the Supreme Court

E-mail: rasma.zvejniece@at.gov.lv, telephone: +371 67020396, +371 28652211