Today, on February 6, the newest structural unit of cassation instance – the Department of Administrative Cases of the Supreme Court – celebrates its 10th anniversary.

On February 1, ten years passed since the Administrative Procedure Law became effective in Latvia and on February 2 (February 1 was Sunday that year) administrative courts, namely, the Administrative district court and the Administrative regional court, commenced work in Latvia. February 6, 2004, is considered to be birthday of the Department of Administrative Cases of the Senate of the Supreme Court.  

Already on December 29, 2003, Edite Vernusa and Valerijans Jonikans, first senators of the Department of Administrative Cases of the Senate of the Supreme Court, were confirmed, whose task was to prepare cases to be reviewed after the administrative Procedure Law would become effective. However, the department could commence work only on February 6, 2004, when the Plenary Session confirmed another three senators of the department - Ilze Skultane, who agreed to leave office of the judge of the Constitutional Court and to become the senator of the Department of Administrative Cases, and Jautrite Briede and Gunta Visnakova, who had not previously worked as judges, but had been recognised and well-known specialists within lawyers’ community. The Plenary Session elected Valerijans Jonikans to the office of the Chair of the Department of Administrative Cases of the Senate.  

Today nine judges work in the Department of Administrative Cases of the Supreme Court, and it has been chaired by Veronika Krumina since 2007.

In ten years, the Department of Administrative Cases reviewed 7341 cases and gave significant contribution to interpretation and application of administrative legal principles and provisions and development of judicature.

Celebrating 10th anniversary of foundation of administrative courts, the Supreme Court has supported initiative of the Department of Administrative Cases to organise public conference “Court in Legal Cultural Space” on April 14. At the conference, subjects topical for all courts, both administrative and those of general jurisdiction, namely, relations between politicians and court, court and media, court and society would be discussed.

 

Information prepared by

Rasma Zvejniece, the Head of the Division of Communication of the Supreme Court

E-mail: rasma.zvejniece@at.gov.lv, telephone: 67020396, 28652211