On Friday, 18 December, Themis Awards of the Supreme Court of this year were distributed. Professional Themis Award was given to the Information Technology Division; Creative Themis Award – to Rasma Zvejniece, the Head of the Division of Communication, and Special Themis Award – to Valerijans Jonikans, the judge of the Department of Civil Cases.  

In accordance with Regulation on Themis Award, Professional Award has been given for special, bright, qualitative achievement gained in 2015; Creative Award has been given for initiative and successful ideas, and Special Award, in its turn, has been proposed a title of nomination by the submitter of an application, pointing out reasons the candidate has deserved this Award in 2015 for. The judge Valerijans Jonikans was given the Special Themis Award for particular working capacity and desire to reduce litigation terms in the Department of Civil Cases.  

Decrease of number of cases pending has been priority of the Department of Civil Cases in 2015, therefore, all judges worked hard the whole year, however, the attitude of the judge Jonikans towards work – both in preparation and examination of cases – is particular, as it is summed up in figures – if in 2014 the average number of cases examined in the department was 97 cases per a judge, then the judge Jonikans has already examined 149 cases until 15 December of this year. Colleagues, when nominating the judge for the Themis Award, point out – such result of work of a judge, having worked also outside working hours, is the particular reason to award Valerijans Jonikans with the Special Themis Award.

Every judge, employee or structural unit of the Supreme Court might nominate candidates to all nominations of Themis Award. Applications were assessed and winners were determined by the jury committee headed by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. In total, 29 applications mentioning 21 candidates were filed for granting of the award.  

Previously, the Themis Award, which is the highest award of the Supreme Court established in 2005, had four nominations – the Person of the Year, the Judge of the Year, the Judge’s Assistant of the Year and the Employee of the Year. In the second decade of the award, it was decided to change nominations of the Themis Award, and winners also received the new circulating Themis Award. The award made by the sculptor Edvin Krumins reproduces the symbol of the Palace of Justice – sculpture “Justice” made by Karlis Zemdega.

 

 

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