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27 April, 2007

Supreme Court analyzes causes of increase of ancillary complaints

In 2006, the Department of Civil Cases of the Supreme Court Senate received 116 ancillary complaints, the Chamber of Civil Cases – 1138. Compared with the previous year, the number of ancillary complaints has considerably increased, regarding the Senate – even doubled. The significant growth of the number of ancillary complaints on the decisions of the first instance court and the appellate instance court has a considerable impact on the work load of the court, besides, the court decisions rather frequently contain different interpretation of the civil procedural law standards.
25 April, 2007

Supreme Court judges meet with the ECHR judge Ineta Ziemele

On April 25 the Supreme Court was visited by the judge of the European Court of Human Rights from Latvia, Professor Ineta Ziemele. She and the senators, judges and other employees of the Supreme Court discussed the cases filed by the inhabitants of Latvia with the European Court of Human Rights and identified problems in the cases of the Latvian courts in the field of human rights.
24 April, 2007

Unclear principles of distribution of cases in the Liepaja Court are pointed out by Gulans to the Ministry of Justice

On April 17, 2007, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Andris Gulans sent a letter to the Minister of Justice Gaidis Berzins indicating that by the decision of the Chairman I. Jaungelze of the Liepaja Court a procedure of distribution of cases has been approved which actually does not explain the principles of distribution of cases, does not ensure transparency and does not encourage prevention of possible corruption. The Judicial Disciplinary Panel on April 4, 2007, reviewing a disciplinary case against the Chairman of the Liepaja Court I. Jaungelze found that while reviewing a case on divorce he allowed intentional violation of Article74, Article 190, Article 236 and Article 193, part 5, of the Civil Procedure Law. It is seen from the materials of examination of the disciplinary case that I. Jaungelze has accepted the mentioned civil case in his proceedings regardless of the principle of randomness in distribution of cases.
20 April, 2007

Saeima takes into consideration the opinion of Supreme Court on amendments of Criminal Procedure law

Saeima on 19th of April has conceptually supported amendments of Criminal Procedure law, over which debates were aroused in recent time, admitting same time that before adopting in next readings more wide discussion about it is required as well as the analysis of other country experience.
12 April, 2007

The functions of Judicial Council are not clear in draft law Governing the Court system

Discussions and development of Judicial Councils of other countries contain significant experience – information and arguments, that can be useful to Latvia, where such council creation is being considered, - Senator of Supreme Court Veronika Krūmiņa after her coming back from Third European Judge Conference in Rome has admitted. On the conference, which’s subject was “Judicial Councils in Europe” experience of different countries was examined, and it was discussed over the membership, competence of judicial councils so as about their place in institutional system of the state and role they play consolidating the independency of courts so as over the judicial councils as the sort of a guarantee of courts and judges reputation.
10 April, 2007

Interpreting the implementation of the law „On dwelling-house rent” is outside of the competence of Supreme Court

During last half-year Supreme Court has been receiving applications from lessors living in denationalized properties, where they ask for Chief Justice’s interpretation of the implementation of the law „On dwelling-house rent” in accordance with judgment of Constitutional Court from 8th of March 2006, that canceled Paragraphs 4, 5, 7, 8 of Transitional rules, that established the maximum of rent in denationalized properties. Head of the Division of Complaints Rolands Krauze has informed that during last week ten of such applications were received.
4 April, 2007

American judge takes interest in court of appeal

On Wednesday, 4th of April judge of west district of state of Kentucky of USA Charles Simpson has visited Supreme Court. He had a friendly meeting with Chairs of Chambers of Supreme Court Gunārs Aigars and Ivars Bičkovičs.