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7 March, 2008

Confirmation of Lavins in the position of the Supreme Court judge is approved

On March 7, the Judicial Qualification Panel approved the confirmation of the Chairman of the Administrative Regional Court Aldis Lavins in the position of the Supreme Court judge. Aldis Lavins was born in 1973, in 1996 he graduated from the Latvian Academy of Police with the diploma of a lawyer, afterwards he received his master’s degree in law. He worked in the State Police in the position of an inspecting officer, in the Department of Civil Law of the Latvian Academy of Police and the Legal Department of the State Treasury. In 1999, the Saeima (Parliament) appointed Aldis Lavins in the position of a judge of the Riga City Zemgales district court, in 2002 he was confirmed in the position of a judge without the limitation of the term of office. In 2003, A. Lavins was confirmed in the position of a judge of the Panel of Civil Cases of the Riga Regional Court. In 2004, administrative courts were established in Latvia, and the Saeima confirmed Aldis Lavins in the position of a judge of the Administrative Regional Court starting from February 1, but on March 31 A. Lavins was appointed in the position of the Chairman of the Administrative Regional Court. Aldis Lavins is a member of the Judicial Disciplinary Panel since 2005. He is known also as a professor of law and an author of publications, he is one of the authors of the collection of articles “Administrative Procedure: Law, Practice, Commentaries” published by “Latvijas Vestnesis”.
3 March, 2008

Torgans will work in the Department of Civil Cases of the Senate, Vidusa – in the Department of Administrative Cases

The Plenary Session of the Supreme Court on March 3 confirmed Kalvis Torgans in the position of the senator of the Department of Civil Cases of the Senate, and Rudite Vidusa – to the position of the senator of the Department of Administrative Cases of the Senate. K. Torgans and R. Vidusa were confirmed in the position of the Supreme Court judges without the limitation of the term of office by the Saeima (Parliament) on February 14. R. Vidusa worked in the Supreme Court already in 2004 in the position of the assistant to the senator of the Department of Administrative Cases, and since February 1, 2007 she worked as the acting senator of the Department of Administrative Cases of the Senate replacing a senator who was in long-term absence. The senator Jautrite Briede, suggesting the appointment of Rudite Vidusa in the Department of Administrative Cases, stressed that R. Vidusa have already proved herself as a professional judge.
28 February, 2008

Academician Torgans gives oath of a judge

On February 28, the State President Valdis Zatlers accepted the oath of Kalvis Torgans confirmed in the position of the Supreme Court judge by the Saeima (Parliament). K. Torgans was born in 1939, he is the Doctor of Law, Professor of the Department of civil Law of the University of Latvia, the full member of the Academy of Sciences of Latvia. K. Torgans is the author of 178 scientific publications and books, co-author and scientific editor of the commentaries to the Civil Law and the Civil Procedure Law. He has led implementation of several grants and programs, at present he leads the implementation of the program on application and improvement of the Latvian private law within the framework of the European Union.
21 February, 2008

The Supreme Court highlights the necessity to develop a uniform penal policy

To analyze the practice of the application of punishment, the Supreme Court in cooperation with the scientists in criminal law has accomplished an extensive study on the application of punishment in cases related to drugs and sexual assault. On April 25, the Supreme Court organizes a conference where this study will be presented, it will discuss the problems of the application of punishment, the development of a uniform court practice and the adequacy of the sentence to its goal.
15 February, 2008

US Ambassador visits the Supreme Court

On February 15, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Andris Gulans had a meeting with the new Ambassador of the United States of America Charles W. Larson. Both the officials noted the previous successful and fruitful cooperation of the US Embassy and the Supreme Court and discussed the possibilities of further cooperation. A. Gulans expressed appreciation for the contribution of the American state officials, judges and other lawyers in strengthening the law system of Latvia and noted the most significant events of the last years – the conference organized by the Supreme Court and the American Bar on the issues of judicial ethics, and the international law conference organized last year together with the US Embassy and the Ministry of Justice, as well as the visit of the judge Samuel Elito of the US Supreme Court in the Supreme Court. Ch. Larson evaluating the successful relations expressed satisfaction that the Chief Justice of the Supreme Curt himself had a chance to visit USA, participate in international conferences and study the experience of the courts of different instances.
14 February, 2008

The Saeima confirms Torgans and Vidusa in the position of the Supreme Court Judges

On February 14, the Saeima (the Parliament) confirmed Kalvis Torgans and Rudite Vidusa in the position of the Supreme Court judges without the limitation of term. 75 parliamentarians voted for the confirmation of Torgans, 0 were against, and 0 – abstained. Vidusa was confirmed with 72 votes for, 1 – against, 1 – abstained.
8 February, 2008

Electronic system of case circulation introduced in the Chamber of Civil Cases

An electronic system of case circulation (ESCC) has started functioning in the Chamber of Civil Cases of the Supreme Court which allows to follow the case filed with the Chamber of Civil Cases at any stage of its movement until it is submitted to the chancery after being reviewed. If the new system proves to be efficient and convenient, it is possible that the experience of the Chamber of Civil Cases is taken over by other structural units of the Court, as well.
7 February, 2008

Chief Justice of the Supreme Court accepts the oath of seven attorneys

On February 7, seven newly admitted attorneys gave their oath to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Andris Gulans. The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court asked the new attorneys to remember what they promised and to follow it in their further professional activities as the oath contains significant words to work with respect to the country, society, judiciary and their clients. As today, by the Chinese calendar the New Year sets in, A. Gulans with a smile mentioned this coincidence and as it is done in the New Year, he wished them to start the new stage of their lives with good thoughts and good works. The attorneys in their activities will have to face different situations, and A. Gulans wished them to find such solutions regarding them that there the positive prevails.
7 February, 2008

Legal Commission accepts promotion of Torgans and Vidusa to the position of a judge of the Supreme Court

On February 7, the Legal Commission of the Saeima (Parliament) accepted the promotion of two nominees – Kalvis Torgans and Rudite Vernusa - to the position of a judge of the Supreme Court. Professor of the University of Latvia, Department of Civil Law, habilitated Dr. jur. Kalvis Torgans is one of the most distinguished Latvian scientists in the field of civil law and civil procedure law. K. Torgans works in the University of Latvia since 1962, he has held the position of the Dean of the Faculty of Law, Chief of the Department of Civil Law. He is the Chairman of the Board of the Faculty of Law of the University of Latvia, a member of the Promotion Commission in Law of the University of Latvia, and the Chairman of the Council of Professors in Law of the University of Latvia. Since 1997, K. Torgans is a full member of the Latvian Academy of Sciences and one of the three lawyers who have been elected academicians of the Latvian Academy of Sciences.
1 February, 2008

Plenary Session confirms Jānis Neimanis in the position of the senator of the Department of Administrative Cases

On February 1, the Plenary Session of the Supreme Court confirmed Jānis Neimanis in the position of a senator of the Department of Administrative Cases. On December 13, he was appointed to the position of a judge of the Supreme Court by the Saeima (Parliament), and on January 30, Jānis Neimanis gave oath to the State President. Under the law “On Judicial Power” the competence of the Plenary Session of the Supreme Court is to confirm a judge in a specific department or chamber of the court.