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26 February, 2009

The Chamber of criminal Cases will be managed by Ervins Kuskis

In the Plenum of the Supreme Court, today, February 26, Ervins Kuskis was elected as the Chair of the Chamber of Criminal Cases. He has executed duties of the Chair of the Chamber since JUne 16, 2008, when ex-Chair of the Chamber of Criminal Cases Ivars Bickovics entered upon duties of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. Candidature of Ervins Kuskis for the position of the Chair of the Chamber was raised by judges of the Chamber of Criminal Cases. His candidature was the only one, and in open election it got solid vote. Ervins Kuskis was born in 1969 in Valmiera. In 1993 he graduated Faculty of Law of University of Latvia. From 1991 till 1995 he has worked as public prosecutor of places of imprisonment, from 1995 till 2001 – judge of Vidzeme regional court. Since 2001 he has worked as judge of the Supreme court in the Chamber of Criminal Cases. Ervins Kuskis has got first class of judicila qualification. The Term of Office of the Chair of the Chamber of Criminal Cases is five years.
26 February, 2009

As secretary of Plenum of the Supreme Court senator Inara Garda has been elected

As secretary of the plenum of the Supreme Court today general meeting of judges elected senator of the department of Civil Cases Inara Garda. The secretary of the Plenum, according to regulations of the plenum, works out projects of work order of the plenum, prepares projects of resolutions of the plenum, summarizes changes and complements of projects of resolutions of plenum, executes count in open selection, signs resolutions of the plenum and executes other duties. According to regulations of the plenum of the Supreme Court, the secretary has been elected for three years. Since 1999 due to re-selection duties of the secretary of the plenum had been executed by the senator of the Department of criminal Cases of the Senate Valda Eilande.
25 February, 2009

Plenum of the Supreme Court will elect Chair of the Judicial Panel of Criminal Cases and secretary of the plenum

Tomorrow, February 26, Plenum of the Supreme Court will take place, and judges will elect Chair of the Judicial panel of Criminal Cases. Term of office of the Chair of the Judicial panel is five years. Ex-Chair of the Judicial panel of Criminal Cases Ivars Bickovics as from June 16, 2008 is the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, so Judicial panel needs new Chairman. At present duties of the Chair of the Judicial panel of Criminal Cases are executed by judge Ervins Kuskis. Also during the plenum of the Supreme Court tomorrow it will be necessary to elect secretary of the plenum, because term of office of the secretary is coming to an end, as according to regulations of the plenum, it lasts for three years. Since year 1999, due to re-selection’, duties of the secretary of the plenum have been executed by the senator of the Department of Criminal Cases of the Senate, Valda Eilande. Plenum is a general meeting of judges of Judicial panels and the Senate of the Supreme Court, that takes decisions on questions foreseen in a Law „On Judiciary” and regulations of the plenum, as well as discusses topical questions on work of the court.
20 February, 2009

The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court meets the President of the State

Today in Riga Castle the President of Latvia Valdis Zatlers met the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Ivars Bickovics. As the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court told, this was information meeting, in order to discuss results of work of year 2008 and priorities of work for current year. During the meeting I. Bickovics informed the President of the State about work of the Supreme Court, that had been done during last year and about work that has been planned for the current year. Last year number of cases that entered and had been reviewed, increased, but remainder of cases, that were not reviewed also increased. The President of the State listened to opinion of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court about changes of legislation to be made in order to make reviewing of cases faster and easier. Rhythm of work of the Supreme Court in circumstances of limited budget was also discussed. I. Bickovics drew attention of the President to the fact that the Supreme Court was forced to go over priorities of activity and reduce volume of activities that have been planned, however, the Chief Justice expressed hope that budget, given to the Supreme Court, will be such, so that the Supreme Court could fulfill its functions that are stated in legislation.
13 February, 2009

European Court of Justice supported Latvia in controversion about custom procedures

On Febuary 12, European Court of Justice announced first verdict (case C-93/08) in prejudicial question asked by Latvian court about interpretation of rights of European Community. Paragraph 234 of agreement of foundation of European Community states rights of courts of memberstates to ask ECJ questions about interpretation of such legal standards of European Community, application of which seems unclear for them.. Question to ECJ was asked by the Department of Administrative Cases of the Senate of the Supreme Court of Republic of Latvia, while reviewing controversion between custom broker „Schenker” Ltd. and State Income Service (SIS). Representatives of parliaments of Latvia, Czech Republic, Greece and Finland, and representatives of the Commission of EU also expressed their considerations in this case. In the base of the case there is resolution of SIS about imposing of administrative penalty on custom broker for applying custom procedures for goods that breach intellectual property rights, it is, counterfeit goods, synchronously destroying these goods on a basis of agreement between trademark holder „Nokia Corporation” and consignee of goods „Rovens” Ltd.
11 February, 2009

On April 17, Latvian Judicial Conference will take place

The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Ivars Bickovics and Minister of Justice Gaidis Berzins arranged to convoke Latvian Judicial Conference on April 17, 2009. It will be announced of place, time and order of the day of the conference after making it more exact. Latvian judges are invited to inform Court Administration about questions, that should be necessary to include in order of the day of the Conference till March, 2. Judicial Conference is institution of judicial self-government, and all judges of Latvia participate in its work. According to Paragraph 92 of the Law „On Judiciary” Judicial Conference reviews topical questions of jurisprudence, discusses material and social warranties and other essential questions of judicial work; elects institutions of judicial self-government – Qualification Committee, Disciplinary Committee and Conduct Committee, approves standards of Judicial Code of ethics and gives suggestions on questions of interpretation of law standards.
4 February, 2009

In order to improve court system of Belarus, experience has been received in Latvia

During three days of this week delegation of officials of the court system of Belarus has been visiting the Supreme Court, in order to get acquainted with different fields of activities of the court. In delegation there are representatives of the Supreme court and courts of lower instances, Ministry of Justice, Centre of legislation and research, schools of law of the Republic of Belarus. On Tuesday delegation met members of Judicial Disciplinary Commitee, senators Peteris Dzalbe and Pavels Gruzins, on Thursday meeting with memnber of Jusdicial Conduct Commitee, senator Ilze Skultane. On Friday, February 6, delegation will get acquainted with work of the Supreme Court in general: its history, development and present organisation of work. There have been arranged meetings with the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Inars Bickovics, Heads of the Departments and Judicial panel of the Senate Valerijans Jonikans, Pavels Gruzins, Veronika Krumina, Gunars Aigars and Head of Division of Jurisprudence Zigrida Mita. Head of the chancellery of the Senate Elina Kristopane will acquaint with work on chancellery, and with work of Administration of the Supreme Court – Head of the Administration Sandra Lapina.
2 February, 2009

The Department of Administrative Cases of the Senate will celebrate 5-years jubilee of administrative courts with conference and other events

The Department of Administrative Cases of the Senate will invite to a conference „Five years of administrative courts and administrative pocedural proceedings in Latvia”, that will take place on March 27, judges of administrative courts of all instances, speciālists of law, students of law and other interested persons. While celebrating 5-years jubilee of enforcing of Administrative Proceeding Law and creating of administrative courts, and the Department of Administrative Cases of the Senate among them, another events have been planned in the Supreme Court – lessons of law for pupils and lead of cases for students.
23 January, 2009

Pupils get acquainted with work of the Supreme Court

On January 23, thirty pupils got acquainted with daily work of the Supreme Court. Pupils of Riga secondary school Nr. 25 and their form teacher took an opportunity and listened to hearings in Senate. This possibility arouse due to senator Janis Neimanis, who is alumnus of this school. Cases were reviewed in a joint session of Department of Administrative Cases of the Senate, with participation of 6 senators. Pupils got concept, how hearings have been held and what is daily work of senators. Pupils also attended Museum of the Supreme Court, floor of the Cabinet, but the greatest interes was raised by the floor of Judicial panel of criminal proceedings with bar, in which cases are reviewed with participation of prisoners.
15 January, 2009

Practice of application of proceeds of temporary legal protection in administrative proceedings in administrative court has been summarized

On January 1, spacious changes in Admisitrative Procedure law have become effective, that will touch legal provisions, that regulate proceeds of temporary legal protection. Changes were made mainly taking into account problems, that have been stated in jurisprudence and they do not touch sense and criteria of application of proceeds of temporary legal protection. So, all statements that had been established before changes became effective, are still topical. They are collected in mutual summarization of the Department of Administrative Cases of Senate and Division of Jurisprudence „Application of proceeds of temporary legal protection in administrative process in court”. Administrative Procedure law provides three proceeds of temporary legal protection: interception and resumption of operation of administrative act and actual activity, temporary adjustment and immediate implementation of judgement. Interception of operation of administrative act is used, if there is application about cancellation of administrative act. For its part, temporary adjustment has been used, if there is application about delivery of administrative act.