On November 28, amendments to the Law "On Judicial Power" come into force, stipulating that the Supreme Court of the Republic of Latvia recovers its historical name – the Senate, and judges may now also be called the senators.

The Senate's name will be included in rulings of the cassation instance court.

Amendments to the law allow the use of both names – the Supreme Court and the Senate – as synonyms. Therefore, the name “Supreme Court” will not disappear; there still will be the Administration of the Supreme Court, the Division of the Case-law and Research and the Division Ensuring the Secrecy Regime of the Supreme Court, as well as the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

One hundred years ago, when forming the judicial system in Latvia, the Senate of Latvia was created as a highest court instance or cassation instance. It operated until November 1940 when it was liquidated as a result of Soviet occupation. In the restored Republic of Latvia, the Senate was reinstated in the composition of the Supreme Court, and its name for the cassation instance was preserved until December 31, 2013, when, according to amendments to the law "On Judicial Power", the name of the Senate was deleted from the name of the cassation instance. On October 25, 2018, the Saeima adopted amendments to the law, which stipulate that the Supreme Court may henceforth be called also 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: +371 67020396, +371 2865221