To discuss topical issues of criminal law and criminal procedure law with judges of regional courts and district courts, judges of the Department of Criminal Cases of the Supreme Court attend meetings of judges of court regions – last week in Vidzeme regional court, this Friday – in Riga regional court, and in April – in Zemgale regional court.

Peteris Dzalbe, the Chair of the Department of Criminal Cases, and the judge Peteris Opincans met judges of Vidzeme court region; the Chair of the Department will go the meeting with judges of Riga regional court together with the judge Aija Branta, and to Zemgale – with the judge Arturs Freibergs. This year, Janis Baumanis, the legal adviser to the department, also joins the meetings – he will inform judges on topical legislative issues in field of criminal procedure.   

The Department of Criminal Cases has attended meetings of judges in regions for the second year already, and Peteris Dzalbe, the Chair of the Department, appreciates their importance: “On site meetings are valuable, because we do not only analyse mistakes seen by the cassation instance in work of lower courts, but we also listen to the opinion of judges of regional courts and district courts on problems of application of laws. Issues discussed are topical for judges of all instances, when adjudicating the criminal cases.”

The Department of Criminal Cases summarises and analyses decisions of the cassation instance court, which alter or revoke the rulings of lower courts. Therefore, conversations with judges in regions concern the most characteristic mistakes of the appellate and the first instance, in general, and the most topical problem in each region, in particular.  

The statistical data show that, among all cases heard by the Department of Criminal Cases under cassation proceedings in 2015, in 62 per cent of cases verification of lawfulness of a ruling under cassation procedure was rejected, 12 per cent of rulings were upheld, in 23 per cent rulings were revoked completely or partly, one per cent of rulings were altered, and in two per cent the cassation proceedings were dismissed. 

 

Information prepared by

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

E-mail: rasma.zvejniece@at.gov.lv, telephone: 67020396, 28652211