Aiva Zarina, the judge of the Chamber of Civil Cases has received the highest award of the Supreme Court – the title of the Person of the Year and Themis Award 2010. She has worked as the judge for 45 years, and, inter alia, she has worked in the Supreme Court for 15 years.

“She is knowing, responsible, fair, humane – it is a characterisation of an ideal judge”, colleagues said while directing Aiva Zarina for the title of the Person of the Year. Colleagues admired her confidence to work and ability to endure work load of the judge during so long time, keeping lively mind and cheerful view to life. Aiva Zarina was characterised as a professional, competent, erudite, respected among colleagues, which was active not only upon issues related to work duties. While directing Aiva Zarina for the main nomination of the Supreme Court, the fact was also evaluated that the judge received a state award – an Order of Three Stars, in 2010.

Having evaluated contribution of judges and employees to direct work and life of the Supreme Court, and also mutual co-operation and social activity, three more Themis awards are given in nominations of the Judge of the Year, the Judge Assistant of the year and the Employee of the Year.

The title “The Judge of the Year” in 2010 was given to Peteris Dzalbe, the senator of the Department of Criminal Cases of the Senate, the title “The Judge Assistant of the Year” was given to Nora Magone, the assistant to the judge of the Department of Criminal Cases of the Senate, but the title “The Employee of the Year” was given to Agris Vaivods, the court guard.

Themis Awards have been given in the Supreme Court every year since 2005. The winner is chosen in closed vote in two rounds. In the first round every judge and employee can register people, who deserve these titles. In the second round vote has been organised for three candidates, who polled the most votes.

In 2005, when Themis Awards were given for the first time, Aiva Zarina, the judge of the Chamber of Civil Cases received this award in nomination “The Judge of the Year”.

However, Rolands Krauze, the ex-senator of the Supreme Court, got the title of the “Person of the Year of the Supreme Court” in 2005, Imants Fridrihsons got this title in 2006; Roberts Guntis Namatevs – in 2007; two owners – Ivars Bickovics, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, and Andris Gulans, the ex-Chief Justice became owners of this award in 2008, and Gunars Aigars, the Chair of the Chamber of Civil Cases became the Person of the Year of the Supreme Court in 2009.

Information prepared by

Head of the Division of Communications of the Supreme Court Rasma Zvejniece

E-mail: rasma.zvejniece@at.gov.lv, telephone: 7020396, 28652211