On December 19, on the hundredth anniversary of the Senate of Latvia not only a solemn event was organized, but also, by evaluating the work done in 2018, the Themis Awards 2018 were given.

Judge of the Department of Administrative Cases Rudite Vidusa received the Professinal Themis Award, the Creative Themis Award was given to the Division of Communication, and judge of the Department of Civil Cases Edite Vernusa was awarded the Special Themis Award.

The judge in her mindset and essence – that is how the receiver of the Professional Themis Award judge Rudite Vidusa is characterized. It has been noted that she is among the judges who have examined the largest number of cases, as well as judge's sharp mind and the ability to solve complicated legal issues have been emphasized. The judge is characterized by a sense of responsibility and punctuality, a high culture of writing court rulings and language quality, as well as the ability to present complex issues in an easy-to-understand way. Thanks to her argumentation skills and extensive legal expertise Rudite Vidusa has gained authority not only among her colleagues in the Department but among a wide range of lawyers. When nominating her for the Themis Award, the fact that she always actively expresses her views on topical legal issues and does so in a non-traditional way – by use of social networks, communicating creatively via Twitter in relation to professional affairs – has also been appreciated.

The year 2018 was particularly active and creative for the Division of Communication in relation to the centenary of the Senate of Latvia. A lot of work has been contributed and a lot of ideas have been implemented when organizing events – both inside court and in the judicial system as a whole, at international and national level. Centenary events have promoted the recognition of the Supreme Court and improved its positive image both in Latvia and abroad, as well as made life for the court team itself more interesting. The Creative Themis Award has been given for the work done by the Division of Communication.

This year was a special year for judge Edite Vernusa – her lifework was awarded by the Order of the Three Stars and the Special Themis Award of the Supreme Court – for her energy, honesty and professionalism in the management of the Department of Civil Cases. It has been appreciated that she was able to set up a work organization system in the Department which is focused on the main objectives – quick and qualitative adjudication of cases and reduction of backlog of cases. As chair of the Department, she was able to direct judges and employees to achieve these objectives, and the accumulation of cases has decreased significantly. It has been noted that Edite Vernusa is an authority and always takes part in achieving the overall goals of the court, she is not afraid to express her opinion, helps to find a solution for different situations. The contribution of the Department of Civil Cases to the investigation of insolvency proceedings has been highly appreciated.

According to rules regarding Themis Awards, the Professional Themis Award is given for a special, bright, high-quality professional achievement; the Creative Themis Award is given for initiatives and successful ideas; while for the Special Themis Award, the nomination is presented by the applicant, justifying the suitability of a nominee for this prize in a given year. The winners receive the travelling Themis Award – the symbol of the Palace of Justice – a copy of Karlis Zemdega’s sculpture "Justice" created by Edvins Krumins. 

 

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