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25 September, 2008

Discussion about the aspects of the European Union law in the national courts

Judges in Latvia more and more frequently face the issues of the application and interpretation of the European Union law. This was the theme of the international seminar on the application of the European Union law in the national courts which was held in Santander, Spain. The Senator Jautrite Briede of the Department of Administrative Cases of the Senate participated in this seminar. In the seminar, judges discussed the application of the law standards and directives of the European Union, taking into account that the methods of interpretation of the law standards in the member states may differ. The Senator Briede notes that it was stressed that although the national law is the starting point for all the interpretations, the Community law always has to be taken into account, and a judge has to verify the compliance of a national standard with the European Union law. The issue of different approaches to legal matters by a professor of a university and a judge was also discussed at the seminar although several participants of the seminar who hold both the position of a judge and a lecturer at the university pointed out that this difference is not so significant.
23 September, 2008

Today is the 100th day of Ivars Bickovics in the position of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court

100 days have passed since June 16 which was the first working day of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Ivars Bickovics in the new position. Today the interview with the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court by the magazine “Jurista Vards” begins with the question what ares the most essential accomplishments during this period.
23 September, 2008

The General Prosecutor of Slovakia meets with the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court

Today, on September 23, the Prosecutor General of the Republic of Slovakia Dobroslav Trnka arrived to have a meeting with the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Ivars Bickovics. The Head of the Prosecutor General Office, the Chief Prosecutor Katarina Laiferova and the prosecutor of the Zilina region Emil Hadbabnij were also among the members of the delegation.
19 September, 2008

During the Open Day the students get to know the Supreme Court in an unusual way

On September 19, the Open Day of the State administration more than fifty high-school students had an unusual visit to the Supreme Court: it was one of the stops of the “Themis Run” which the students had to find, accomplish the tasks and earn points. Each of the ten teams from high schools which had registered for the “Themis Run” visited four of the establishments supervised by the Ministry of Justice, and one of the courts – the Supreme Court or the Riga Regional Court. The Supreme Court was included in the routes of two teams from the Agenskalns State Gymnasium, the teams from the Valmiera State Gymnasium, the Riga Hanzas High School and the Riga Commercial Gymnasium. The tour around the Supreme Court was also arranged in an unusual form: in the grand hall of the Court the students had to accomplish an unexpected task – to put together five puzzles. When the task was accomplished, there were pictures characteristic for the Supreme Court: the Palace of Justice, the sculpture “Justice” by Karlis Zemdega, the chain of a judge, the hammer of a judge, and the special silver-covered copy of the Civil Law of 1937. Afterwards the students had an opportunity to see these and other exhibits, as well as to learn a little of the history of the Senate of Latvia and the present activities of the Supreme Court in the Museum of the Supreme Court.
18 September, 2008

Janis Tiltins undertakes the duties of the Judge of the Chamber of Criminal Cases

Starting from today, September 18, the former judge of the Riga Regional Court Janis Tiltins holds the position of a judge in the Chamber of Criminal Cases of the Supreme Court. He was confirmed in the position of the Supreme Court Judge by the Saeima (Parliament) on September 11.
17 September, 2008

The Supreme Courts of Latvia and Armenia sign a memorandum on cooperation

Taking part in the 51st congress of the International Judicial Association in Yerevan, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Latvia Ivars Bickovics had a meeting with the President of the Cassation Court of the Republic of Armenia Hovhannes Manukyan and discussed the further cooperation between the Supreme Courts of both countries. At the end of the discussions a Memorandum on Mutual Cooperation and Exchange of Legal Information between the Cassation Court of the Republic of Armenia and the Supreme Court of the Republic of Latvia was signed.
11 September, 2008

The Saeima confirms Janis Tiltins in the position of the Supreme Court Judge

Today the Saeima (Parliament) confirmed a new Judge of the Supreme Court. Upon the proposal of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and the approval of the Judicial Qualification Panel the judge of the Riga Regional Court Janis Tiltins is appointed in the position of the Supreme Court Judge. The voting regarding the confirmation was unanimous. Janis Tiltins was born in 1969. He graduated from the University of Latvia, Faculty of Law, with the Master’s degree. In 1994 he undertook the position of a judge in the Riga City Kurzemes District Court, in 2003 he was appointed to the position of a judge in the Riga Regional Court. He has enriched his knowledge in the seminars and lectures of the Latvian Judicial Training Center, the Supreme Court, the Ministry of Interior Affairs, the Latvian Academy of Police.
8 September, 2008

The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court takes part in the congress of the International Judicial Association

To represent the Supreme Court of Latvia and the Latvian Judicial Association in the 51st Congress of the International Judicial Association, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Ivars Bickovics has left for Yerevan, Armenia, where the annual forum of judges of the world is held on September 8 – 14.
5 September, 2008

Employees of the Supreme Court have to follow the Ethics Code of the establishment

The activities, conduct and attitude towards visitors and colleagues of the employees of the Supreme Court has to be commensurable with the requirements of the Ethics Code of the employees of the Supreme Court. The interior document of the establishment which came into effect on September 1 stipulates the basic principles of professional ethics and conduct of the employees of the Supreme Court which are binding for the court staff regardless of the position they hold.
4 September, 2008

The collection of the rulings of the Department of Criminal Cases of the Senate for 2007 has been published

The Department of Criminal Cases of the Supreme Court Senate has published the collection of decisions adopted in criminal cases under the procedure of cassation in 2007 which may serve as information for and awaiting the assessment of judges, prosecutors, attorneys and other lawyers. The collection contains 105 decisions of the Department of Criminal Cases adopted in 2007.