30th of December, 2009
The highest award of the Supreme Court – the title of the Person of the Year and Themis award in year 2009 had been given to the deputy of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, the Chair of the Chamber of Civil Cases Gunars Aigars.
While advising Gunars Aigars for this title, judges and employees indicated that Aigars in year 2009 was re-elected for the post of deputy of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, he achieved maximum age of the judge of the Supreme Court – 70 years, he is full of energy to continue working and his term of office was prolonged for 5 years. This is evidence of his experience and high competency, colleagues say. In year 2009 Gunars Aigars received also State award – Cross of Recognition.
“Energetic, clever, competent, understanding chief. A humane, collegial and helpful colleague. Also in conditions of great load keeps his optimism and calmness. Always kind, smiling, helpful, sharing his knowledge and gives some advice”, thus colleagues evaluate Aigars.
22th of December, 2009
Forty-four new advocates, accepted in the Council of Sworn Advocates, on December 22, promised to be honest, faithful and loyal to the State and Rule of Law. According to the Law on Advocacy, they gave a vow to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.
The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Ivars Bickovics, while greeting the plentiful expansion of the community of advocates, reminded that advocates are part of judicial system, so their task is to strengthen the Rule of Law and judicial system. “You have all opportunities with your good work to form a good reputation of judicial system, to work, so that no one could tell jokes and laugh about Latvian lawyers”, the Chief Justice said. He wished to be clever, knowing, marketable advocates, respected by colleagues, judges, prosecutors, and who would always execute their mission to protect interests of people.
The deputy of the Chair of the Council of Sworn Advocates Guna Kaminska affirmed that new advocates came to give a vow with belief about ability to execute their mission, with hope to help people with their work and with love towards close people.
18th of December, 2009
In the framework of project of cooperation of Latvia and Switzerland “Modernisation of courts in Latvia” the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Ivars Bickovics visited the Federal Supreme Court of Switzerland and Federal Prosecutor’s Office of Switzerland. The delegation of Latvian courts got acquainted with experience of Switzerland in use of modern technologies in the work of courts and Prosecutor’s Office.
The Federal Supreme Court of Switzerland is located in two cities – divisions of public law, civil law and criminal law are locate in Lausanne, but the division of social insurance, also known as the Federal Insurance Court of Switzerland – in Lucerne. Other governmental institutions are also distributed among different cities, thus demonstrating the democracy, decentralisation of governmental management of the Switzerland and promoting steady development of the territory.
Latvian court delegation verified how successfully the administrative management has been realised in both parts of the Federal Supreme Court of Switzerland, using everyday video and electronic communication with courts. The Federal Supreme Court of Switzerland demonstrated also opportunities of electronic litigation and use of phonogram equipment in court rooms.
17th of December, 2009
In the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in Strasbourg in the court session on December 9, in which the case of “A, B and C against Ireland in the case about abortions” as listeners the senator of the Department of Civil Cases of the Senate of the Supreme Court Inara Garda, the judge of the Chamber of Criminal Cases Inguna Radzevica and secretary of court hearings of the Senate Ilga Vekmane. Judges and employees of the Supreme Court regularly use opportunity to participate in the sessions of ECHR and get an experience, meeting judges and specialists from Latvia and other countries.
The oral sessions of ECHR have been held rarely. They take place in open court proceedings, and delegations from all over the world can submit applications for participation. This time, in the court session, except for representatives of the Supreme Court of Latvia, representatives of the Supreme Court of Canada, Russia, etc. also arrived. Students from Germany and France and other interested persons
15th of December, 2009
On Wednesday, December 16, at 9.00 a.m. in Room 19 of the Faculty of Law of the University of Latvia associate professor, the senator of the Supreme Court Jautrite Briede will read a public lecture “The determinant moment for evaluation of legal and actual circumstances in administrative procedure”.
In the lecture there will be reviewed questions, what legal and actual circumstances should be taken into account by institution and court, if they change during contradiction or appeal of the administrative deed.
4th of December, 2009
This week the collection of sentences and rulings of the Department of Civil Cases of the Senate, passed in year 2008, became available for the public. In this collection 112 selected decisions in civil cases have been published.
Traditionally, like in collections of previous years, decisions published have been generalized according to categories of cases, in which disputes between participants of the process occur most often, also taking into account the significance and topicality of such category of cases. One or more theses have been attached to the decision, which in concentrated and generalized way reflect the conclusion, stated in the decision, about application or interpretation of concrete legal standard. For convenience of readers several indices have been included in the collection.
The most part in the collection take sentences in questions of application of material legal standards in cases that result from liability law. The second biggest category is cases about application of procedural legal standards in questions about respect for rights of individuals in legal proceedings.
There has noticeably reduced number of cases about restoration of property rights due to amendments of laws on land reform and privatisation, restoration of property rights for illegaly alienated and nationalised property. This process has practically ended, there is only a small number of such cases left unreviewed in the Senate. The number of cases reviewed in the court, about inheritance has also decreased. These are results of amendments in the law, by which rights of sworn notaries to proceed with cases about inheritance have been broadened. This is possible in case, if there are no disputes between heirs about hereditary rights.