The initiative of the Supreme Court to mark 15th anniversary of work of the Senate and Chambers with international public conference raised a great interest. At the conference one of the main functions of the Supreme Court – the creation of uniform case-law and judicature – will be stressed.

The conference “Judicature of the Supreme court and its role in development of legal thought in Latvia”, organised by the Supreme Court in cooperation with the University of Latvia, will take place on Friday, October 15. Almost 800 listeners – judges and employees of courts, prosecutors, advocates, bailiffs, lecturers and students of law, lawyers of government and municipal institutions and other interested persons applied for the conference.

The conference will be opened by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Ivars Bickovics and the Dean of the Faculty of Law of the University of Latvia Kristine Strada-Rozenberga. The Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis, General Prosecutor Eriks Kalnmeiers and other officials of judicial system will take the floor with allocutions.

The conference guest, the President of the Supreme Court of Austria and the Chair of the Network of presidents of Supreme Courts of the EU Irmgard Griss will read a report on role of national Supreme Courts in European judicial system. The Chiefs Justice of the Supreme Courts of Estonia and Lithuania Märt Rask and Gintaras Kryževičius will share their experience in creation of judicature.

The definition “judicature” was used in field of law in Latvia by the judge of the Court of European Union Egils Levits for the first time. At the conference he will draw the attention to basics, problems and application of judicature.

The judge of the General Court of the European Union Ingrida Labucka will present a report of the General Court in cases about government support and competition, but the judge of the European Court of Human Rights Ineta Ziemele will analyse compensation of violation of rights as a principle of human rights and its implementation in Latvia.

Senators of the Supreme Court and Doctors of Law Kalvis Torgans, Jautrite Briede, Valentija Liholaja, Janis Rozenfelds and Daiga Rezevska will give their opinions about judicature of the Supreme Court as a legal source, its formation and topical issues in the field of law. The Dean of the Faculty of Law, the Doctor of Law Kristine Strada-Rozenberga will analyse conclusions of Latvian scientists of law in resolutions of the Supreme Court, but PhD student Janis Pleps, linking the present time and history, will speak about challenges of Latvian Senate to nowadays.

Maris Vainovskis, the author of research of creation of Module of Judicature of Latvian Court Information System, has made voluminous research about summarisation of judicature of Latvian courts, and during the conference he will share conclusions gained.

15 years ago three-level court system was restored in Latvia, and in October 1995, appellation and cassation instances were created in the Supreme Court – chambers and the Senate. Thus, there was created a structural model that operates nowadays. The judicature of the Senate of the Supreme Court has an important role in creation of Latvian case-law; it effects development of legal thoughts and law in the state. Uniform case-law is necessary, so that society would believe to predictability of courts and didn’t glut court with groundless complaints, which at present is one of the most topical problems of judicial power.

Due number of places limited, only listeners, who applied for participation beforehand, can participate in the conference.

Representatives of mass-media, who want to throw light on a conference, are to contact the Division of Communication of the Supreme Court by the phones 67020396 or 28652211. The Conference will take place in Great Hall of the University of Latvia, the beginning is at 9.00 a.m.


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