When greeting regional courts on the 20th anniversary of their establishment, the Supreme Court points out important place of regional courts in court system both 20 years ago, when, establishing three-level court system in Latvia, appellate instance was restored and regional courts were established after the break lasting for 55 years, and now, when reform of Latvian court system is implemented and, having liquidated Chambers of the Supreme Court, regional courts will remain the only appellate instance. On 27 March, when addressing participants of the ceremonial sitting dedicated to anniversary of regional courts, Ivars Bickovics, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, pointed out the fact that not only work load of regional courts, but also their responsibility in respect of development of uniform case-law will increase.  

On the 20th anniversary of regional courts, special gratitude was presented to first Chairs of regional courts, inter alia, to Peteris Dzalbe, the Chair of the Department of Criminal Cases of the Supreme Court, who established Zemgale regional court and was the Chair there for 10 years. 

Recognised jurists, both theoreticians and practitioners, will take the floor to present their speeches. Veronika Krumina, the Chair of the Department of Administrative Cases of the Supreme Court, will read a report “Responsibility and Values of Judges”.

Festivity of regional courts is also important for the Supreme Court because of different reason, because most of present judges of the Supreme Court, namely, 25 from among 47 judges, had worked in regional courts previously, and five judges of Riga regional court at present execute duties of a judge of the Supreme Court temporarily.  

 

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