The book "Judgments and Decisions of the Supreme Court in 2016" is available on trading venues of legal literature. The book is a result of cooperation between the Supreme Court and the Courthouse Agency.

The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Ivars Bickovics, points out that this is the twenty-first collection of rulings of the Supreme Court, which continues the tradition of the Senate of Latvia since 1995 to yearly maintain an evidence of the highest instance court work and trends in the advancement of legal thought. “Despite the increasing introduction of new technologies in our lives, it is an internationally accepted tradition and practice – to yearly publish a book of the most important and interesting decisions from the legal point of the highest court instance”, says the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

In their rulings, courts increasingly rely on case law, in particular, on the findings of the Supreme Court rulings. This can be explained both by the development of general legal thought and the wider accessibility to court rulings. Out of more than 4100 cases reviewed by the cassation instance in 2016, 75 rulings have been selected for this collection, which, in the opinion of the Supreme Court, have been the most important for developing the case-law. An explanation of why specific rulings are selected for publication is found in annotations (both in the Latvian and English language), which are included in each part of the collection.

The collection consists of three parts – one for each department of the Supreme Court – with different numbering of pages. The published rulings are systematized, and theses of case-law are also attached to each ruling. Similarly, a number of indicators have been developed for each part separately according to different criteria, which will help to find both the ruling that is of interest and specific case-law findings.

Chairs of the Departments of the Supreme Court – Veronika Krumina, Edite Vernusa and Peteris Dzalbe, Assistant to Chair of the department Silvija Kuskina, Legal research counsel Nora Magone, Head of the Division of Case-law and Research Anita Zikmane, and experts Zinaida Indruna and Liena Henke, as well as lawyer of Division of Legal Information and Publishing of the Courthouse Agency Signe Terihova have participated in creation of the collection.


Information prepared by

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

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