Along with reform of Latvian court system, as from 1 January structure of the Supreme Court has changed. The Chamber of Criminal Cases is not included in structure of the Supreme Court anymore, and the Chancery does not have the Secretariat of the Chamber of Criminal Cases any longer.

In accordance with the Transitional Provisions of the Criminal Procedure Law, upon termination of existence of appellate instance – the Chamber of Criminal Cases, ten cases, in which court investigation was commenced in the Chamber, but which were not reviewed until 31 December 2014, are transferred for new examination to regional courts as appellate instance court. Two cases, in which the Chamber of Criminal Cases adopted a decision on suspension of proceedings, are also transferred to regional courts as appellate instance.

The Chamber of Criminal Cases, which had existed in structure of the Supreme Court since 1995, was the court of appellate instance in criminal cases reviewed by regional court as the first instance. On 13 June 2013 the Saeima (Parliament) adopted amendments to the law “On Judicial Power”, envisaging transition to clear three-level court system and stating that district (city) court is a first instance, regional court – appellate instance in all cases, and there shall be only cassation instance in structure of the Supreme Court. Transitional Provisions of the law stipulate that the Chamber of Criminal Cases exists until 31 December 2014, and the Chamber of Civil Cases – until 31 December 2016.  

 

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