In conclusion of the conference “Development Path of Judicial Systems of Baltic States”, each chief justice of the Supreme Courts of Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia presented a book containing special message to the People’s Bookshelf of the National Library of Latvia.

Priit Pikamäe, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Estonia, presented the biographical dictionary about the Estonian judges who worked in courts during the interwar period (1918-1940). In Estonia, in the centenary of the state, everyone was invited to make a present for their country. The gift from the Estonian courts was this book, which will now be stored in the National Library of Latvia with a special message written in Latvian.

The gift by Rimvydas Norkus, the President of the Supreme Court of Lithuania, is Lithuanian Statutes – collection of laws of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania of 1529. According to the President of the Supreme Court of Lithuania, the basic principles of this first Lithuanian legal document are still valid today.

Ivars Bickovics, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Latvia, left in the People’s Bookshelf the “Plenary Session decisions of the Supreme Court 1990-1995”, which is a testimony of the Supreme Court's contribution to the restoration of the Republic of Latvia in 1990 and to strengthening the rule of law in the first years of the renewed state.

Collection includes the decisions of the Plenary Session of the Supreme Court, which were and still are of historical importance: decisions on the independence of the courts, on the rehabilitation of repressed persons, on political neutrality of a judge, on the Palace of Justice. These decisions testify to the courage of judges of the Supreme Court of that time, their belief in the idea of ​​the independence of Latvia and brave deeds. "Latvian judges shall always remember their mission – to ensure that everyone has their rights and legitimate interests protected in a fair court, strengthening faith in Latvia – a state governed by the rule of law," wishes the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

At a joint conference on June 14 the chief justices and judges of the Supreme Courts of the Baltic States looked at the development of the judicial systems in the first centenary of the states. The annual meeting of the Supreme Courts of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia is a tradition, and in this special year marking the 100th anniversary of all the Baltic States it took place in Latvia.

 

 

Information prepared by

Rasma Zvejniece, the Head of the Division of Communication of the Supreme Court

E-mail: rasma.zvejniece@at.gov.lv, telephone: +371 67020396, +371 2865221