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2 October, 2009

In the Plenum deputees of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and representative of the Central election Committee will be elected

On October 5, the Plenum of the Supreme Court has been summoned, and judges will have to elect deputees of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and member of the Central Election Committee. It is necessary to elect deputees of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, as term of Office of present deputees Pavels Gruzins and Gunars Aigars comes to an end. According to the fourth part of Paragraph 50 of Law „On Judicial Power”, the Plenum elects two deputees of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court for the term of seven years, and deputees have been elected among Chairs of chambers and Chairs of Departments of the Senate, taking into accout the principle of equal representation of genders. The competence of the Plenum of the Supreme Court, according to the sixth part of the Paragraph 49 of the law „On Judicial Power” is to elect one member of the Central Election Committee among judges. Since 1994 these duties had been executed by the senator Valda Eilande. As in July of this year Valda Eilande was released from execution of duties of judge due to her retirement, then the Central Election Committee needs a new member among judges.
1 October, 2009

The Supreme Court considers creation of uniform case-law to be important function for the state

The Supreme Court expresses quandary regarding evaluation of functions of the Supreme Court, made by social partners of the government and accepted by the Cabinet, who acknowledged one of the basic functions of the Supreme Court as of the highest court instance in the state, creation of uniform case-law as useless. Further development of judicature of cassation instance raises alarm, as it has essential meaning not only in creation of uniform case-law in the country, but also in development of legal thought and national rights. The Head of the Division of the Case-law Zigrida Mita indicates that database of judicial rulings that has been created and supported by the Division of the Case-law of the Supreme Court, stimulates uniform understanding and interpretation of standards of law, supports uniform and stable case-law in concrete categories of cases. The aim of it is to help judges in reviewing of cases in similar occasions, to reduce terms of review of case, and to stimulate uniform understanding and application of law by prosecutors, advocates, municipal officials and representatives of other legal professions. Z. Mita stresses that creation of database of the case-law is function of the Supreme Court that has been established by the law „On Judicial Power”, in its turn, procedural laws establish necessity of using the case-law, while reviewing cases.
29 September, 2009

While reducing the budget in the amount planned by the government, the Supreme Court will not be able to provide judicature in reasonable terms

The Supreme court can’t agree neither with calculation of Ministry of finance relating to reduced „basic expenses” of budget of the Supreme court, nor with additional reducement of expenses for 10% in the budget of year 2010, about which the prime minister Valdis Dombrovskis has asked, sending the letter to heads of independent governmental insitutions. Also, quandary of the Supreme Court has been raised by evaluation of functions of the court, given by social partners, who considered function of creation of uniform case-law and checking of legality and grounds of operative activities, realised in special ways, to be useless.
25 September, 2009

The senator Krumina participates in colloquium, dedicated to jubilee of the Court of the first instance of the Court of European Communities

The Chair of the Department of Administrative Cases of the Senate of the Supreme Court Veronika Krumina on September 25, participates in the colloquium, dedicated to 20 years jubilee of the Court of the first instance of the Court of European Communities, that takes place in Luxemburg. Main themes of the colloquium are „Quality of proceedings” and „Availability of the court”. In jubilee events there participate judges of Supreme Courts, representatives of governments, professors, scientists and representatives of European institutions of all 27 member states, and also representatives of international organisations, for example, World Trade Organisation and World Criminal Court. In order to provide ovbservation, understanding and uniform application of law in all member states of European Communities, in year 1952 the Court of European Communities (CEC) was formed, in composition of which also the Court of the first instance, established in year 1988, and the Court of Civil Services, established in year 2004, have been included. The main task of the CEC is uniform interpretation of law of Communities and making decisions upon their validity. The Court of the first instance was created in order to improve legal protection of commonalty and adopt part of the competence of the Court of European Communities.
22 September, 2009

Lawyers to-be meet the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court

To visit one of the most prestige places of work of lawyers and hear information about court system and work of judge from the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court during the first month of studies already – this possibility has been offered by the Supreme Court to the students of Law faculties and programmes of Latvian higher educational institutions. On Tuesday, September 22, this possibility was used by the first groups of first-grade students of Business High School Turiba and Riga University named by J. Stradins. The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Ivars Bickovics, having remembered his first study practice in the court during studies, admitted that it would be great „to touch this fabric” faster and to know what is court and work of judge, sooner. The Chief Justice told students about three-level court system of Latvia, about his career of judge – from the post of judge in district court till the post of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. „The profession of judge is interesting. It is similar to intellectual brain games, which judge has to play every day. As playing chess, passing great volume of information through your mind, it is necessary to find correct go” I. Bickovics told. He told students also about interesting practical means, for example, about vestment of judges, prosecutors and advocates, and layout of the court room. Questions of students to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court were very different – about the most difficult proceedings while he took the post of judge, about courts martial and disciplinary cases of judges. The opinion of the Chief Justice, in which higher educational institution the best lawyers have been taught, has been asked. „It is school, where students learn better” was the answer.
15 September, 2009

Days of first-year students in the Supreme Court

The Supreme Court is glad for the supplement of number of students, who chose the beginning of the career of lawyer and who make the first steps this autumn on the way of their growth. In order to increase understanding and interest of lawyers to-be to the Latvian court system and allow them to have a look into one of the most interesting, and at the same time one of the most difficult legal professions – post of the judge, the Supreme Court from September 15 till OCtober 30, 2009, arranges Days of first-year students in the Supreme Court. Groups of first-year students of Law faculties and programmes of jurisprudence have been invited to the Supreme Court. In the programme there has been planned meeting with the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Ivars Bickovics, excursion in the Court Palace and visiting of the museum of the Supreme Court. Groups of students have to apply for the visit and arrange time of meeting in the Division of Communication. Telephone 67020396, 28652211, е-mail rasma.zvejniece@at.gov.lv.
10 September, 2009

The collection of rulings of the Department of Criminal Cases of the Senate has been published

In the collection of rulings of the Department of Criminal Cases of the Senate of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Latvia that has been just published, there have been summarized 103 rulings of the Department of Criminal Cases of the Senate, accepted in year 2008, that in opinion of senators of the department, might become useful not only for practising lawyers, but also for coteries, who study criminal law and criminal process. Part of rulings is also published in the home page of the Supreme Court www.at.gov.lv, but in the collection there have been published more rulings, in order to give more perfect concept aboput cases that had been reviewed in the Department of Criminal Cases of the Senate in year 2008 and conclusions, expressed in rulings. Rulings published are traditionally dividided in three sections: „Rulings about questions of application of General Section of Criminal Law”, „Rulings about questions of application of Special Section of Criminal Law” and „Rulings about questions of application of Criminal Procedure Law”. In addition, there have been added different indices: Alphabetical Index of concepts, Index of legislation, Index of theses, Index of Judicature and Case-law, Index of other sources, Index of ruling published by the number of the case.
2 September, 2009

The senator presents to his school name tablet

The senator of the Department of Criminal Cases of the Senate Vilnis Vietnieks on September 1, visited his native secondary school in Nereta, that he had graduated in 1963. Together with another alumna of this school of year 1957, ex-prosecutor Olgerts Sabanskis prepared the present for the school – new name tablet that was unveiled above the school entrance in the first day of school year. Nereta is homeland of classic of Latvian literature Janis Jaunsudrabins, and people, who live in this side, with love and respect keep memory about the writer. In July of this year new name was given to Nereta secondary school – Nereta secondary school named by Janis Jaunsudrabins, and until the beginning of the new school year it was necessary to write the new name also in the tablet by the entrance of the school. Ex-alumni of the school, present respected lawyers Vilnis Vietnieks and Olgerts Sabanskis took care about it. They made and installed name tablet for their own means. On September 1 for opening of new name of the school not only more than two hundreds of pupils and teachers of the school came, but also principals and teachers of other schools of new Nereta area, management of the municipality, writer Lucija Kuzane and patrons of the school Vilnis Vietnieks andn Olgerts Sabanskis. Ex-prosecutor also presented to the school the portrait of Janis Jaunsudrabins made by the painter Uldis Zemzars.
19 August, 2009

The data base of the case-law of the Supreme Court is available for public reading in judicial portal

In the future any interested person will be able to get acquainted with the data base of the case-law of the Supreme Court in the judicial portal of the Ministry of Justice www.tiesas.lv. Previously it was available to public only in the home page of the Supreme Court, but to judges and employees of the Supreme Court – in Judicial information system. Also in the future the Division of Case-law will prepare juridically the most significant and interesting decisions of the Senate to be published in the home page of the Supreme Court www.at.gov.lv and they will be available in the section Court information/Court decisions, dividend by the Departments of the Senate and years, when they had been made, starting from year 2002. In its turn, the data base of the case-law in judicial portal has broader possibilities of searching: there is possibility to filter decisions by types of cases, by sections and subsections of law and by law principles. At present, in the data base of the case-law of the Senate there have been placed 667 decisions: 178 decisions of the Department of Civil Cases, 240 decisions of the Department of Criminal Cases and 249 decisions of the Department of Administrative Cases of the Senate. The Head of the Division of the Case-law Zigrida Mita marks that main criterion of selection of decisions is juridical interest that has been raised by the decision, and its usefulness in creation of the case-law. There have been selected decisions that replenish the case-law, reflect the tendency of understanding of law, position of the Senate in evaluation of facts and application of law. In the data base there have been placed decisions, which have been dedicated to some general law principle, interpretation of law standard, methodology of filling of law gap, and further creation of law. However, decisions of the Senate, which change constant case-law or solve point of contention of general nature, are also to be published.
12 August, 2009

The first written proceedings in reviewing of case in Chamber of Criminal Cases has been postponed

It was planned to review case in written proceedings in the chamber of Criminal Cases of the Supreme Court for the first time. However, the accused party, who asks to lessen punishment condemned to him, doesn’t agree with review of case in written proceedings, so reviewing of case has been postponed and filer of the claim of appeal possibly, will have to wait for oral proceedings for several months. Amendments in Criminal Procedure Law that were accepted on March 19, 2009 and that have come into force since July 1, 2009, provide review of case in the Court of Appeal not only in oral, but also in written proceedings. The judge of the Chamber of Criminal Cases Janis Tiltins, who is reporter in the first case postponed, concedes that it will not be possible to use written proceedings in review of cases often, as submitters of claims want case to be reviewed de novo in oral proceedings and so that they have possibility to participate and give explanations orally. Amendments in Part 4 of Paragraph 559 of Criminal Procedure Law provide that it is possible to review criminal case in the Court of Appeal, if in the claim or protest of appeal it has been asked only to lessen punishment condemned, or in the claim or protest there is indication to circumstances, due to which the sentence of the court of the first instance must be cancelled anyway, and if prosecutor or person, whose interests or rights have been touched by claim or protest, doesn’t object against it.