On December 19, the Supreme Court will organize a solemn celebration dedicated to the 100th anniversary Senate of Latvia.

Relatives of senators, former judges of the Supreme Court, as well as present judges and employees, representatives of the judiciary, representatives of regional courts and district (city) courts, as well as people in municipalities, museums, archives and elsewhere that have helped to implement the centenary projects organized by the Supreme Court will attend the event.

The event will provide insight into the centenary year of the Senate of Latvia, which the Supreme Court launched a year ago with the opening of an exhibition dedicated to the Senate and the premiere of the documentary “Senators”. The centenary year for the Supreme Court was rich in events – there were events dedicated to first senators, the centenary conference of the Supreme Courts of the Baltic States was organized, materials of the Senate in the State Archives of Latvia were digitized at the initiative of the Supreme Court, a collection of law books of Senator Augusts Rumpeters was donated to the Supreme Court Museum. These and other events have not only enriched the daily work of the Supreme Court, but also promoted public awareness of the judicial system, its history and the role of the judiciary and judges in today's processes.

The book “Senators’ findings” created by the Supreme Court will also be opened during the event. 

Additional information: The Senate of Latvia was a cassation court in the Latvian judicial system from 1918 to 1940. Shortly after the proclamation of the Latvian State, on December 6, 1918, the People's Council adopted “The Provisional Regulation on Courts and Judicial Proceedings in Latvia”, stating that the Senate of Latvia is the cassation instance for all cases. The next day, the first senators Kristaps Valters and Janis Graudins were appointed. The December 19, when five more senators were appointed, is considered to be the founding day of the Senate. Until November 26, 1940, when the Senate was liquidated by the Soviet power, 36 judges had served as senators. After the restoration of Latvia's independence, the Senate was restored and included in the composition of the Supreme Court, thus establishing a three-tier court system 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