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20 May, 2009

Court practice on forced execution of judgement of court of arbitration has been summarized

Judicial statistical data show that in courts of common jurisdiction, also in the Department of Civil Cases of the Senate of the Supreme Court, there arises number of disputes concerning issue of writs of execution upon judgements of court of arbitration. The Division of Case-law in co-operation with the Department of Civil Cases of the Senate has analysed court practice in cases on issue of writs of execution for forced execution of judgements of the court of arbitration. In the collection there have been analysed rulings of the Department of Civil Cases of the Senate in cases that had been reviewed in process of cassation according to Paragraph 485 of Civil Procedure Law, it is, upon protests submitted by Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, the Chair of the Department of Civil Cases of the Senate or Public Prosecutor. From the beginning of 2006 until July 2008 the Senate has reviewed 36 such cases. In some rulings the Senate stated procedural breeches in acceptance of applications on forced execution of judgement of the constant court of arbitration – not all documents were attached to the application. The Senate turns attention to the fact that application to district (city) court on issue of writ of execution for forced execution of the judgement of the court of arbitration must be submitted to the court at the place of living or place of residence of debtor.
13 May, 2009

The Supreme Court doesn’t agree that means of state budget in year 2008 were spent inefficiently

The Supreme Court doesn’t agree with opinion expressed after publication of statement of revision of Government Control in mass-media that in last year financing, given of means of government budget, were spent insufficiently. The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Ivars Bickovics informed journalists on that at the press-briefing on Tuesday, on May 12. The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court turned attention of media on two essential points. Firstly, revision of Government Control was made for year 2008, when economic situation in the state was different from the present situation, and the Supreme Court acted according to laws that were in force last year. Secondly, in the report of revision of Government Control there are stated several imperfections, but none of them were considered by Government Control as of high priority. Among imperfections, elimination of which Government Control has stated as of medium priority, is provision of such contributions and compensations to judges and employees of the Supreme Court, that on the basis of the Labour Law and Law „On Judicial Power” are stated in regulations of the Supreme Court.
8 May, 2009

Lessons of law in the Supreme court have been attended by more than 700 pupils

Today, with lesson, conducted for Form 12 of Kegums Commercial Secondary School by the Chair of the Department of Administrative Cases of the Senate Veronika Krumina, one of the events dedicated to 5-years anniversary of administrative courts – lessons of law for Latvian pupils, has been ended. „On behalf of pupils and teachers we express our gratitude for excellently organised lesson of law and excursion! This is really valuable work in educating the youth that destroys wrong stereotypes about courts. Director of Correspondence Secondary School of Jelgava district I. Sermuksle”, „Thank you very much for the excursion in the Supreme Court! We felt ourselves as awaited guests! We wish you success in further work! On behalf of pupils and teachers, deputy director of Aizupe Basic School Dita Mauraga”, - these are only several of testimonials of schools. 30 schools from all the Latvia submitted applications for lessons in the Supreme Court. In March and April 722 pupils and teachers took participation in lessons, conducted by senators. During these lessons broader understanding about rights in Latvia, the court system, procedure of legal proceedings, profession of judge has been received. Pupils were interested to hear all that from the primary source – judge in vestment in the court room. This was also the reason why these lessons were conducted in the real court room, not in classrooms of schools, so that pupils would additionaly feel the environment and atmosphere of the court.
7 May, 2009

Judges of member states of the European Union give the benefit of their experience in providing independence of the courts and application of Regulas of the European Union

The Chair of the Chamber of Civil Cases of the Supreme Court Gunars Aigars came back from the forum of commercial judges of member states of the European Union with conclusion that in Latvia, as in a small country, judges have advantage or possibility to create such respectable institution of judicial self-government as national Conference of judges. In big countries, where number of judges reaches several thousands, there is no such possibility. The independence of courts and judges was the main topic of discussion in running, fifth European forum of commercial judges that took place in Dublin, Ireland, on April 30 and May 1, and to which judges of civil cases of all member states of the European Union had been invited. The judge of the High Court of England and Wales Burton told about old traditions of England in forming judicial independence and ethics, then followed the discussion, in which participants of the forum gave the benefit of experience of their countries in provision of independence of courts. Gunars Aigars informed on institutions of self-government of Latvian judges – the Conference of judges, Qualification Committee Disciplinary Committee and Committee of Judicial ethics, and colleagues from other states of Europe admitted that to Latvian judges there have been given powerful tools of self-government, it means provision of independence.
30 April, 2009

Judges of the Supreme Court get the highest State Awards

The Senator of the Department of Civil Cases of the Senate of the Supreme Court Kalvis Torgans has been nominated to a post of Commander of the Order of Three Stars. The President of the State gave the order to the senator during festive ceremony on May 1. One of the most famous scientists of Latvia in the field of civil law and civil procedure Kalvis Torgans has been awarded for significant contribution to development of jurisprudence and for increasing professionalism and knowledge of officials of the court system. Kalvis Torgans is the senator of the Supreme Court, profesor of the Department of Civil Law of the University of Latvia, academician of the Latvian Academy of Sciences, habilitated doctor of law sciences. The highest state award – Cross of Appreciation of III class has been given to long-term Chairman of the Chamber of Civil Cases, deputy of Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, the Chairman of Judicial Qualification Committee Gunars Aigars. He will receive the award during festive ceremony on May 7.
28 April, 2009

The Supreme Court received positive statement of Government Control

Government Control has finished the financial audit about correct preparation of financial statement on the work of the Supreme Court in year 2008 and has come to a conclusion that financial statement in all essential aspects gives clear and true concept on a financial state of the Supreme Court. Government Control notices that it hasn’t discovered essential non-compliance in the volume of the audit enclosed in parts of the statement. There were separate imperfections stated, but none of them is of high priority. Among imperfections, elimination of which Government Control has stated as of medium priority, is prevision of such contributions and compensations to judges and employees of the Supreme Court, that are not directly stated neither in the Law „On Judicial Power”, nor in the Law „On labour”, but which are stated by the Supreme Court in its internal regulations. The Supreme Court believes that rights of employess, beside wages, extras and bonuses to receive also other remuneration related to work are stated in the Law „On Labour” and there is no reason to think that legislator didn’t want to provide such rights for those, who work in the court.
18 April, 2009

Judges invite to apply individual criteria for a financing of the courts in the conditions of crisis

Judges are ready to express solidarity with other social groups of the population and to participate in economic crisis overcoming in the country, but demand, that legislators and executive power take into account exceptional circumstances and the principles of courts stated, - this has been underlined on April 17, in the reference to the President, Saeima and the Cabinet of Ministers, accepted at the Conference of Judges of Republic of Latvia. Dealing with a question on possible reduction of financing of judicial institutions, judges urge to state the financing intended to judicial activity in such volume that availability of a society to courts and the right to fair court do not appear under the threat. In the conditions of an economic crisis it is necessary to develop individual criteria for a financing of courts and it is necessary to provide decisions for continuation of reform of the remuneration guaranteed by the law. Judges suggest to reduce volumes of the executive power that forms the judicial policy, and to eliminate duplication of functions which are seen in activity of the Ministry of Justice and Judicial Administration. The work of the courts in the conditions of the reduced budget there was a main point at the running Conference of Judges of Republic of Latvia. This was underlined in the basic reports also of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Ivars Bickovics, and Minister of Justice Mareks Seglins.
18 April, 2009

The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court considers that the discontent of a society with a work of the courts has decreased

The question on judicial ethics, to which great attention had been paid last year, has not lost its topicality, but there are indicators which testify, that the situation has changed. The tension, observed among judges, and discontent of a society with a work of the courts have decreased, so at the Conference of Judges of the Republic of Latvia on April 17, the Chief Justice of Supreme Court Ivars Bickovics has specified. The quantity of disciplinary cases raised in connection with work of judges has decreased noticeably: in 2007 year there were 17 cases, and in 2008 – only 5. But even more important indicator, in opinion of the Chief Justice, is that last year the quantity of the complaints received from inhabitants of Latvia for work of judges has considerably decreased. In Judicial Administration it had been received approximately one third of a number of complaints less, as well as in the Supreme Court. The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court has specified that in improvement of the situation a positive role has been played by activity of the Committee on Judicial Ethics. Such conclusion has expressed also Minister of Justice Mareks Seglins.
18 April, 2009

New members of Judicial Disciplinary Committee and Judicial Qualification Committee have been elected

At the Conference of Judges of Republic of Latvia which took place on April 17, three new members of Judicial Disciplinary Committee and one new member of Judicial Qualification Commitee have been elected.
16 April, 2009

The chairman of the European Court of Human Rights meets judges of the Supreme Court

The judges of national courts are the first and main interpreters of the European Convention of Human Rights, the Chairman of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) Jean-Paul Costa recognises, therefore during the first official visit to Latvia, he has considered important to meet judges of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Latvia. During the meeting on April 15, Costa has specified great value of cooperation between the ECHR and the Supreme Court of Latvia. „The countries should guarantee the human rights, which are defined in the European Convention of Human Rights, and in the greatest degree it is provided with national courts. The ECHR is only the final court”, Costa has underlined. The Chairman of the ECHR, and also a Vice Secretary of the ECHR, Michael O’Boil and the judge of the ECHR Ineta Ziemele, who accompanied him in visit to the Supreme Court, have answered to questions of judges and have explained position of the ECHR on several topical questions for Latvia. Judges have asked opinion of the ECHR on more extensive use of written process in reviewing of cases, in order to accelerate legal proceedings course. Asked, as national courts, if on any question in the state legislation there has been "vacuum", should operate, and if in the Convention of Human Rights corresponding norms have been provided, for example, mentioning compensation of moral harm in civil procedure cases, which had been reviewed, when the institute of indemnification of a damage had not been developed yet in procedure laws. The Chairman of the ECHR has advised to use experience of other countries in similar cases, and, not waiting for judgement of the ECHR, to apply norms of the Convention, even if provided by the Convention is not provided in the national legislation, as „the Convention is a part of the national legislation”.