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Development of the Supreme Court

Time and venue of the Conference

Great Hall of the University of Latvia, October 7, 2005

Participants

Programme

OPENING OF THE CONFERENCE

"15 Years of Independence: Is It a Reason to Celebrate?"

  • Andris Gulans, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Latvia

GREEETINGS

  • Vaira Vike-Freiberga, President of Latvia
  • Ingrīda Udre, Speaker of Saeima
  • Solvita Aboltina, Minister of Justice of the Republic of Latvia
  • Ivars Lacis, Rektor of University of Latvia
  • Guy Canivet, President of Network of the Presidents of the Supreme Judicial Courts of the European Union,President of Cassation Court of France

PART I. 10th Anniversary of the Supreme Court as the Court of Cassation and De Novo Appeals in the Three-Level Court System: the Unique Latvian Experience

"Supreme Court as a Developer of the Judicature Body of Law"

  • Kalvis Torgans, Professor, Academician of Latvian Academy of Sciences

"History and Development of the Supreme Court: a Revolution, an Evolution or a Fate Pre-Set by Legal Norms?"

  • Andris Gulans, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Latvia

"Appeals: a Necessity or a Procedural Luxury?"

  • Gunars Aigars, Chair of the Chamber of Civil Cases, Supreme Court of Latvia

"Development of the Code of Criminal Procedure in the Area of Review of Judical Decisions That Have Become Effective"

  • Pavels Gruzins, Chair of the Department of Criminal Cases of Senate, Supreme Court of Latvia

"The Role of the Highest Court of Appeals in the Protection of the Rights and Lawful Interest of Individuals in Their Relationship with the State"

  • Valerijans Jonikans, Chair of the Department of Administrative Cases of Senate, Supreme Court of Latvia

"The Supreme Court of Latvia as a Member of the Latvain Judicial System"

  • Ingrida Labucka, Judge of the Court of First Instance of European Communities

Part II. Role and Functions of Supreme Courts in Modern Society: the European Experience

"Lines of Division of the Competency between Legislative, Executive and Judicial Branches of the State Power"

  • Egils Levits, Judge of the Court of Justice of European Communities

"National Supreme Courts in the European Union: in Search of Common Ground"[in french]

  • Guy Canivet, President of Network of the Presidents of the Supreme Judicial Courts of the European Union, President of Cassation Court of France

"Managing the Flow of Appeals – Swedish Experience"

  • Bo Svensson, President of the Supreme Court of Sweden

"The National Judiciary Council: the Guarantee of the Independence of Supreme Court of Poland"

  • Lech Paprzycki, President of the Supreme Court of Poland, Head of the Criminal Law Chamber

"The Role of Law as a Science in the Development of Judicial Practice "

  • Uldis Krastins, Professor, Head of the Department of Criminal Law, University of Latvia

"European Human Rights Standards – a Challenge or Rutine?"

  • Martins Mits, Lecturer of Riga Graduate School of Law, LL.M