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30 May, 2008

European judges and prosecutors visit the Supreme Court within the framework of the training project

Within the program of the European judicial exchange program the judges and prosecutors from Spain, Austria, Italy, Poland and Romania visited the Supreme Court on May 29. They met with the Deputy Chairman of the Supreme Court Gunars Aigars and learned about the Latvian court system and the role of the Supreme Court in it, as well as visited the museum of the Supreme Court and the premises of the Court Palace. G. Aigars told about the Latvian three-tier court system in which the Supreme Court has two functions: appellate in the court chambers and cassation in the Senate. In many countries the Supreme Court functions only as the cassation instance. As there were judges from various court levels in the group, they were especially interested in the subordination of the courts of lower levels, their relationship with the executive power and the Supreme Court. They were informed about the coming change of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, and G. Aigars told that along with this event the issue of the role of the Supreme Court in the Latvian court system and the role of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court in it has also been highlighted – whether he is just the head of the Supreme Court or the highest person and the symbol of the Latvian court system in whole. The colleagues from the European countries were interested also in the career possibilities of the Latvian judges and the role of the judicial self-management bodies – the Judicial Qualification Panel, the Judicial Disciplinary Panel and the Ethical Commission.
28 May, 2008

Candidate to the position of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Ivars Bickovics is admitted to the state secret

The Constitution Protection Office today has adopted a decision to admit the candidate to the position of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Ivars Bickovics to the state secret for the term of five years, the level “secret” including. To decide on the admittance of I. Bickovics to the state secret, the Constitution Protection Office has studied in detail the materials of the inspection done by the Security Police and has evaluated all the information obtained in relation to the file of Bickovics as a LSSR KGB agent which is at the disposal of the Center of Documentation of Totalitarian Consequences, informs the acting press secretary Iveta Maura of the Constitution Protection Office. Having analyzed the inspection performed by the Security Police regarding the circulation of classified information in the Supreme Court, the Constitution Protection Office has concluded that since the beginning of the work with classified information in 2002, the Supreme Court has not dealt with especially secret information. Therefore I. Bickovics was conferred admittance of the second, and not the highest level.
27 May, 2008

Judicial Commission of the Saeima approves the candidacy of Bickovics to the position of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court

Today the Judicial Commission of the Saeima (Parliament) approved the candidacy of the Chairman of the Chamber of Criminal Cases Ivars Bickovics to the position of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. Nine parliamentarians voted for, three were against. Voting of the Saeima regarding the confirmation of I. Bickovics in the position is expected next week. According to the news agency LETA, the parliamentarians from the opposition also voted for I. Bickovics today. The parties in the position had six votes, and the opposition – five votes. I. Bickovics and the present Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Andris Gulans were invited to the meeting of the Commission. According to the law, this week the term of 15 days during which the Judicial Commission had to work out the draft decision regarding the candidacy of I. Bickovics expires. The Judicial Commission reviewed this matter without waiting for the conclusion of the Constitution Protection Office regarding the admittance of I. Bickovics to the state secret.
26 May, 2008

Formation of specialized court compositions advised to review disputes on industrial property

For the first time in Latvia an extensive research has been performed regarding the court practice in the field of the industrial property. To summarize the court practice in the cases regarding trade marks, the Supreme Court invited recognized specialists on trade marks – the Advisor to the Director of the Patent Board Janis Ancitis and the Director of the Department of Trade Marks and Design Samples Dace Liberte. The study was led by the Chairman of the Chamber of Civil Cases of the Supreme Court Gunars Aigars and the judge Vanda Cirule.
22 May, 2008

Inara Garda appointed in the position of the Senator of the Department of Civil Cases of the Supreme Court Senate

On May 22 the joint meeting of the senators of the Department of Civil Cases of the Supreme Court appointed Inara Garda, the former judge of the Chamber of Civil Cases, in the position of the senator in the said department. The advancement of I. Garda to the position of the Supreme Court senator was approved by the Judicial Qualification Panel on May 21.
22 May, 2008

Garda to be promoted to the position of the Supreme Court senator, Senkane – to the position of judge

On May 21, the Judicial Qualification Panel approved the promotion of the judge Inara Garda of the Chamber of Civil Cases of the Supreme Court to the position of the senator of the Senate and the promotion of the judge Marika Senkane of the Panel of Civil Cases of the Riga Regional Court to the position of the Supreme Court judge. The confirmation of Marika Senkane in the position of the Supreme Court judge will be later decided on by the Saeima (Parliament) and in case of a positive voting the structural unit in which the judge will hold the position will be stated by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court by his order. The appointment of Inara Garda in the position of the senator will be decided on by the general meeting of the Department of Civil Cases of the Senate in which the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court participates with a voting right. Such procedure is stipulated by the amendments to the law “On Judicial Power” adopted on April 3. Till then the position of the Supreme Court judges in a specific structural unit was decided on by the Plenary Session of the Supreme Court.
21 May, 2008

Assessment of the enforcement of the European Detention Decision in Latvia

On May 21, experts from the EU states who have arrived to assess the practical enforcement of the European Detention Decision (EDD) in Latvia visited the Supreme Court. A European Detention Decision is an adjudication of a judicial authority of a European Union member state that has been taken in order for another member state to extradite a person for the commencement or performance of criminal prosecution or for the execution of a custodial sentence or detention order. In the discussion with the judges of the Chamber of Criminal Cases Peteris Opincans and Ervins Kuskis the experts were told how many decisions have been adopted in the Supreme Court related to the enforcement of EDD, and what are the problems related to the application of this instrument of the international cooperation. The assessment group consisted of 6 persons: three experts from the member states who are enforcement officials of various stages, a representative of the European Commission, a representative from Eurojust, and a representative of the General Secretariat of the Council of Europe. In Latvia, the assessment group visited institutions which deal with the practical application of EDD: the prosecutor’s office, the defense – the Latvian Bar Association,, the initiator of the proceedings – the police, as well as district courts and the Supreme Court.
15 May, 2008

Accomplishment of the young law scientists in the study on administrative procedure in courts receives approval

On May 14, in the presence of large number of interested persons, the first study in Latvia on the issues of administrative procedure in courts accomplished by law scientists was presented in the Supreme Court. The book “Administrative Procedure in Courts” published by “Latvijas Vestnesis” under the scientific editorship of the Doctor of Law and the Senator Jautrite Briede has been worked out by a group of lawyers of the new generation – six of who are assistants to the senators of the Department of Administrative Cases of the Senate. Senator Jautrite Briede says that she as a professor of the University of Latvia is especially happy about the book as a new generation of lawyers has grown the cognitions of which are worth collecting. The book successfully combines cognitions of the theory of administrative procedure and the court practice which has already become consolidated in the years while the Administrative Procedure Law is effective. However, the court practice continues to develop, new ideas and solutions emerge, and the future scientific works of the masters and doctors in this field of law are already being prepared.
12 May, 2008

The book “Administrative Procedure in Courts” to be presented

On May 14, at 17.00, in the big hall of the Supreme Court (Room 146) the opening of the book “Administrative Procedure in Courts” will take place. The book was worked out by a group of authors under the scientific editorship of Doctor of Law Senator Jautrite Briede. The authors are the Senator Jautrite Briede herself, six assistants to the senators of the Department of Administrative Cases of the Senate – Kristine Aperane, Gatis Bardins, Inga Bertaite, Inga Bite-Perceva, Marina Borkoveca and Konstantins Vaivods, the consultant of the Division of Case-law of the Supreme Court and the advisor of the State Secretary of the Ministry of Justice Ieva Viskere, other well-known law scientists Martins Paparinskis, Janis Pleps and Sandijs Statkus, as well as the legal advisor of the Ministry of Justice Asnate Kalnina and the lawyer Dainis Lasmanis of the attorney Romualds Vonsovics law office.
9 May, 2008

Plenary Session of the Supreme Court nominates Ivars Bickovics as the candidate to the position of the Chief Justice

On May 9, the Plenary Session of the Supreme Court nominated the Chairman of the Chamber of Criminal Cases Ivars Bickovics as the candidate to the position of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court for the confirmation in the Saeima (Parliament). In the secret ballot, he received 28 out of 44 votes of the Supreme Court judges. 16 judges who took part in the Plenary Session, voted against. The judges could submit their propositions regarding the possible candidates to the specially established work group already before the Plenary Session. The work group received propositions about four judges, but three of the possible candidates withdrew their candidacies already prior to the Plenary Session. However, during the Plenary Session all the applicants sustained their proposals and nominated the Chairman of the Department of Civil Cases of the Senate Valerijans Jonikans, the Chairman of the Chamber of Criminal Cases Ivars Bickovics, the present Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Andris Gulans and the Chairman of the Department of Criminal Cases of the Senate Pavels Gruzins to the position of the Chief Justice. Three of them, as previously, withdrew their candidacies, Ivars Bickovics agreed to his nomination. He stressed that he has applied to the position of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court not for a competition but because the present Chief Justice of the Supreme Court has announced that with the expiry of the term in the position he does not wish to continue the work in this position, thus the court needs a leader and there is a vacancy.