16 December, 2013
On December 19, ceremonial meeting dedicated to the 95th anniversary of the highest court instance – the Senate of Latvia – will take place in the Supreme Court.
The President of the State, the Speaker of the Saeima (the Parliament), members of the Board of Justice, the Dean of the Faculty of Law of the University of Latvia, immediate families of senators of the Senate of Latvia, former senators and judges of the Supreme Court, present senators, judges and employees have been invited to ceremonial meeting.
Attendants will be addressed by Ivars Bickovics, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and Janis Bordans, the Minister of Justice, Anna Zigure, representative of family of Peteris Sterste, the senator of the Senate of Latvia, Gvido Zemribo and Andris Gulans, former Chief Justices of the Supreme Court, and Chairs of Departments of the Senate of the Supreme Court - Zigmants Gencs, Peteris Dzalbe and Veronika Krumina.
First showing of documentary film “The Senate of Latvia is 95. Yesterday and Today” is planned.
On December 6, 1918, the People’s Council of newly founded Republic of Latvia adopted “The Provisional Regulation on the Courts and Judicial Proceedings in Latvia”, which established the Senate of Latvia as cassation instance in all cases. Already on the next day the Provisional Government appointed first two senators. On December 19, five senators more were appointed, and this day has been considered to be the day of foundation of the Senate of Latvia.
In 1940, the Soviet authorities liquidated the Senate of Latvia. Senators died in GULAG camps or went to exile.
50 years later, when restoring Latvian State, its judiciary was also restored, and in 1995, cassation instance – the Senate – was created within composition of the Supreme Court.
On December 19, the Supreme Court celebrates the 95th anniversary of the Senate. Unfortunately, this will be the last anniversary of the Senate. As from January 1, 2014, the cassation instance will be three departments of the Supreme Court, but name of the Senate has been deleted from its title. It has been stipulated by amendments to the law “On Judicial Power”.
Information prepared by
Rasma Zvejniece, the Head of the Division of Communication of the Supreme Court
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