29th of September, 2009
The Supreme court can’t agree neither with calculation of Ministry of finance relating to reduced „basic expenses” of budget of the Supreme court, nor with additional reducement of expenses for 10% in the budget of year 2010, about which the prime minister Valdis Dombrovskis has asked, sending the letter to heads of independent governmental insitutions. Also, quandary of the Supreme Court has been raised by evaluation of functions of the court, given by social partners, who considered function of creation of uniform case-law and checking of legality and grounds of operative activities, realised in special ways, to be useless.
25th of September, 2009
The Chair of the Department of Administrative Cases of the Senate of the Supreme Court Veronika Krumina on September 25, participates in the colloquium, dedicated to 20 years jubilee of the Court of the first instance of the Court of European Communities, that takes place in Luxemburg.
Main themes of the colloquium are „Quality of proceedings” and „Availability of the court”.
In jubilee events there participate judges of Supreme Courts, representatives of governments, professors, scientists and representatives of European institutions of all 27 member states, and also representatives of international organisations, for example, World Trade Organisation and World Criminal Court.
In order to provide ovbservation, understanding and uniform application of law in all member states of European Communities, in year 1952 the Court of European Communities (CEC) was formed, in composition of which also the Court of the first instance, established in year 1988, and the Court of Civil Services, established in year 2004, have been included. The main task of the CEC is uniform interpretation of law of Communities and making decisions upon their validity. The Court of the first instance was created in order to improve legal protection of commonalty and adopt part of the competence of the Court of European Communities.
22th of September, 2009
To visit one of the most prestige places of work of lawyers and hear information about court system and work of judge from the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court during the first month of studies already – this possibility has been offered by the Supreme Court to the students of Law faculties and programmes of Latvian higher educational institutions. On Tuesday, September 22, this possibility was used by the first groups of first-grade students of Business High School Turiba and Riga University named by J. Stradins.
The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Ivars Bickovics, having remembered his first study practice in the court during studies, admitted that it would be great „to touch this fabric” faster and to know what is court and work of judge, sooner. The Chief Justice told students about three-level court system of Latvia, about his career of judge – from the post of judge in district court till the post of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. „The profession of judge is interesting. It is similar to intellectual brain games, which judge has to play every day. As playing chess, passing great volume of information through your mind, it is necessary to find correct go” I. Bickovics told. He told students also about interesting practical means, for example, about vestment of judges, prosecutors and advocates, and layout of the court room.
Questions of students to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court were very different – about the most difficult proceedings while he took the post of judge, about courts martial and disciplinary cases of judges. The opinion of the Chief Justice, in which higher educational institution the best lawyers have been taught, has been asked. „It is school, where students learn better” was the answer.
15th of September, 2009
The Supreme Court is glad for the supplement of number of students, who chose the beginning of the career of lawyer and who make the first steps this autumn on the way of their growth.
In order to increase understanding and interest of lawyers to-be to the Latvian court system and allow them to have a look into one of the most interesting, and at the same time one of the most difficult legal professions – post of the judge, the Supreme Court from September 15 till OCtober 30, 2009, arranges Days of first-year students in the Supreme Court.
Groups of first-year students of Law faculties and programmes of jurisprudence have been invited to the Supreme Court.
In the programme there has been planned meeting with the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Ivars Bickovics, excursion in the Court Palace and visiting of the museum of the Supreme Court.
Groups of students have to apply for the visit and arrange time of meeting in the Division of Communication. Telephone 67020396, 28652211, е-mail email@example.com.
10th of September, 2009
In the collection of rulings of the Department of Criminal Cases of the Senate of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Latvia that has been just published, there have been summarized 103 rulings of the Department of Criminal Cases of the Senate, accepted in year 2008, that in opinion of senators of the department, might become useful not only for practising lawyers, but also for coteries, who study criminal law and criminal process.
Part of rulings is also published in the home page of the Supreme Court www.at.gov.lv, but in the collection there have been published more rulings, in order to give more perfect concept aboput cases that had been reviewed in the Department of Criminal Cases of the Senate in year 2008 and conclusions, expressed in rulings.
Rulings published are traditionally dividided in three sections: „Rulings about questions of application of General Section of Criminal Law”, „Rulings about questions of application of Special Section of Criminal Law” and „Rulings about questions of application of Criminal Procedure Law”. In addition, there have been added different indices: Alphabetical Index of concepts, Index of legislation, Index of theses, Index of Judicature and Case-law, Index of other sources, Index of ruling published by the number of the case.
2th of September, 2009
The senator of the Department of Criminal Cases of the Senate Vilnis Vietnieks on September 1, visited his native secondary school in Nereta, that he had graduated in 1963. Together with another alumna of this school of year 1957, ex-prosecutor Olgerts Sabanskis prepared the present for the school – new name tablet that was unveiled above the school entrance in the first day of school year.
Nereta is homeland of classic of Latvian literature Janis Jaunsudrabins, and people, who live in this side, with love and respect keep memory about the writer. In July of this year new name was given to Nereta secondary school – Nereta secondary school named by Janis Jaunsudrabins, and until the beginning of the new school year it was necessary to write the new name also in the tablet by the entrance of the school. Ex-alumni of the school, present respected lawyers Vilnis Vietnieks and Olgerts Sabanskis took care about it. They made and installed name tablet for their own means.
On September 1 for opening of new name of the school not only more than two hundreds of pupils and teachers of the school came, but also principals and teachers of other schools of new Nereta area, management of the municipality, writer Lucija Kuzane and patrons of the school Vilnis Vietnieks andn Olgerts Sabanskis. Ex-prosecutor also presented to the school the portrait of Janis Jaunsudrabins made by the painter Uldis Zemzars.