In 2009 in litigation of the Supreme Court there were 6687 cases. Summarized statistical data shows that there have been reviewed two thirds or 74% of cases in the Senate, and in chambers – half or 51% of cases. The rest of cases pending by the end of the year in the Supreme Court is 2468 cases.

Each year work load of judges of the Supreme Court increases. Ten years ago, in 1999, number of cases reviewed in average 60 cases, in 2004 – 84 cases, but in 2009 each judge of the Supreme Court had reviewed in average 100 cases. This index, as well as average term of review of the case, is different in every department. Thus, for example, in the Department of Criminal Cases of the Senate average term of review of the case is 0.6 months, and in the Chamber of Criminal Cases it is 7.5 months.

Statistics show that in average in 45% of all cases received in cassation proceedings, the Senate rejects to start cassation proceedings or to check rule of law of the decision. It means that cassation claim doesn’t meet requirements of law, is not grounded by law infringement or judgement of the court of appeal conforms to judicature of the Senate established already.

In two years there has increased almost twice number of cases received in the Senate, in which there is a cassation protest submitted. Mostly cases with cassation protests are received in the Department of Civil Cases of the Senate – number of cases received in the department due to cassation protests increased almost three times in two years. Most of protests are submitted in cases about non-actionable compulsory execution of obligations and in cases related to issue of writs of execution.

While analysing structure of cases reviewed in the Department of Criminal Cases of the Senate by kinds of crimes, it has been seen that relatively more cases for robbery and crimes against safety of road traffic have been appealed in cassation proceedings.

In its turn, in the Department of Administrative Cases of the Senate most cases have been appealed, in which defendant is State Revenue Service of Custom Department, but in general the number of such cases, in comparison with last year, has decreased. However, number of cases reviewed in cassation proceedings, in which defendant is municipalities or ministries, has increased twice.

Approximately in one third or in 33% of cases reviewed the Senate left the decision of the court of appeal with no amendments.

While analysing the stability of decisions of chambers of the Supreme Court, it is seen that the Senate left with no amendments 80% of decisions of the Chamber of Criminal Cases appealed and 79% of decisions of the Chamber of Civil Cases appealed.

In annual plenum of the Supreme Court that will take place on Friday, March 5, judges will analyse work of every structural unit of the court in the last year and will search for solutions of the main problem – big accumulation of cases pending.

Interested persons may read the statistics of the Supreme Court in the home page of the court www.at.gov.lv in chapter Court information/ Statistics.


Information prepared by

Head of the Division of Communications of the Supreme Court Rasma Zvejniece

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