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29 May, 2007

International judicial conference highlights the issue of protection of judiciary

Impact of the international law on the national law, development of commercial law and competition law and the role of the Constitutional Courts in the law system of the countries were the main topics discussed in the 15th International Judicial Conference in Michigan, USA. The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Andris Gulans took part in the conference.
18 May, 2007

Judges of the regional courts are invited to seminar

Today the Supreme Court has invited judges from all the five regional courts to a seminar. The work of the seminar is arranged in two sections – civil law and criminal law. The seminar of the judges of the regional courts in the section of criminal law is held in the premises of the Riga Regional Court in Abrenes Street, the seminar is led by the Chairman of the Department of Criminal Cases of the Supreme Court Senate Pavels Gruzins. Court practice regarding review of cases under Articles 160 and 162 of the Criminal Law – on forcible sexual assault and immoral acts with minors is analyzed by the Professor Valentina Liholaja of the University of Latvia, Faculty of Law, Department of Criminal Law. Doctor of Law Elita Nimande from the University of Latvia, Faculty of Law, Department of Criminal Law, lectures on procedural expenditures and their compensation. The Chairman of the Department of Criminal Cases of the Senate Pavels Gruzins and the Chairman of the Chamber of Criminal Cases Ivars Bickovics will answer the questions raised by the judges.
17 May, 2007

Supreme Administrative Courts of the EU countries develop joint databases

On May 13 and 14, the Chairman of the Department of Administrative Cases of the Supreme Court Valerijans Jonikans participated in the General Assembly of the Association of the State Councils and the Supreme Administrative Courts of the countries of the European Union in Warsaw.
11 May, 2007

Bailiff gives the oath

On May 11, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Andris Gulans accepted the oath of the bailiff Andris Sladzs. The newly appointed bailiff swore to be loyal to the State of Latvia and to follow the laws of the country honestly, diligently and with confidence, to show respect to the court and state power, to follow the instructions and orders of the law enforcement institutions and their officials, to fulfill the duties of the bailiff decently, to protect the lawful interests of persons, the entrusted matters and not to disclose professional secrets being aware that he shall be amenable to the law for his activities.
7 May, 2007

Senators and judges donate for the restoration of the Zalve church

Senators and judges of the Supreme Court have donated more than 500 lats for the restoration of the Zalve lutheran church. Gratitude for the responsiveness was expressed by the initiators of the idea of restoration of the church – the honorary citizens of the Zalve pagasts (rural district), the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Andris Gulans and the senator of the Department of Criminal Cases of the Senate Vilnis Vietnieks. The clergyman of the Zalve, Nereta and Sauka parishes Aldis Pavlovics thanks all the senators and judges for the contribution in restoration of the Zalve church.
3 May, 2007

The Supreme Court considers a new Law on Judicial Power unnecessary

The Supreme Court considers that adoption of a new Law on Judiciary to replace the present law “On Judicial Power” is not necessary if the draft law is worked out in the wording which was examined by the Saeima (Parliament) in the first reading. Such a conclusion signed by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Andris Gulans has been submitted to the Legal Commission of the Saeima.
3 May, 2007

Chief Justice of the Supreme Court accepts the oath of attorneys and bailiff

On May 3, 28 attorneys gave oath to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Andris Gulans. They swore to be loyal to the State of Latvia, to follow the laws of the country honestly and with confidence, to show respect to the courts and the state power, in their professional activities neither to write nor say anything which could harm the country, society, family and morals, to fulfill honestly the duties of an attorney, to protect the interests of their authorizing persons or the persons whose matters they have undertaken being aware that they are amenable to the law for their activities.
27 April, 2007

Supreme Court analyzes causes of increase of ancillary complaints

In 2006, the Department of Civil Cases of the Supreme Court Senate received 116 ancillary complaints, the Chamber of Civil Cases – 1138. Compared with the previous year, the number of ancillary complaints has considerably increased, regarding the Senate – even doubled. The significant growth of the number of ancillary complaints on the decisions of the first instance court and the appellate instance court has a considerable impact on the work load of the court, besides, the court decisions rather frequently contain different interpretation of the civil procedural law standards.
25 April, 2007

Supreme Court judges meet with the ECHR judge Ineta Ziemele

On April 25 the Supreme Court was visited by the judge of the European Court of Human Rights from Latvia, Professor Ineta Ziemele. She and the senators, judges and other employees of the Supreme Court discussed the cases filed by the inhabitants of Latvia with the European Court of Human Rights and identified problems in the cases of the Latvian courts in the field of human rights.
24 April, 2007

Unclear principles of distribution of cases in the Liepaja Court are pointed out by Gulans to the Ministry of Justice

On April 17, 2007, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Andris Gulans sent a letter to the Minister of Justice Gaidis Berzins indicating that by the decision of the Chairman I. Jaungelze of the Liepaja Court a procedure of distribution of cases has been approved which actually does not explain the principles of distribution of cases, does not ensure transparency and does not encourage prevention of possible corruption. The Judicial Disciplinary Panel on April 4, 2007, reviewing a disciplinary case against the Chairman of the Liepaja Court I. Jaungelze found that while reviewing a case on divorce he allowed intentional violation of Article74, Article 190, Article 236 and Article 193, part 5, of the Civil Procedure Law. It is seen from the materials of examination of the disciplinary case that I. Jaungelze has accepted the mentioned civil case in his proceedings regardless of the principle of randomness in distribution of cases.