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30 December, 2008

Donations of the judges and the staff go to the children of Pelci elementary boarding school

During the Christmas charity campaign the judges and employees donated 666.40 lats which were transferred as a gift to the account of the Kuldiga region Pelci special elementary boarding school – the center for development. There are 193 children with special needs in the Pelci special elementary boarding school, eight of them spend their days in the wheelchair. The donation of the judges and the employees will be useful for the acquisition of teaching aids what will make it easier for the children to understand and study the school programs.
26 December, 2008

A memorial place to the senator Teodors Bergtals opened in the museum

A new memorial place dedicated to the senator of the Latvian Senate Teodors Bergtals has been opened in the Supreme Court museum. It was opened on December 19, the 90th anniversary of the Senate in the presence of the senator’s daughter Olga Helena Kaziorova and his grand grandchildren Ilona Niedra and Viktors Kaziorovs.
22 December, 2008

The responsibility of the Supreme Court and the judges discussed during the 90th anniversary of the Senate

“The highest court instance – previously the Senate, now the Supreme Court – always, including the soviet times, has been an establishment proving stability, professionalism and strong backbone. The thread binding together the thick book called the history of the Latvian courts is RESPONSIBILITY. In the work of the Supreme Court this word has always been a self evident notion, the essence and the mission of the work”, said the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Ivars Bickovics at the ceremonial meeting of the Supreme Court. The ceremonial meeting on December 19 was dedicated to the 90th anniversary of the establishment of the highest court instance of Latvia – the Senate.
19 December, 2008

A settlement does not always impose an obligation to terminate criminal proceedings

A settlement between the accused and the victim or his/her representative as one of the elements of the mechanism to regulate the criminal legal relations is applied in the courts in Latvia quite frequently what in general may be evaluated positively as a settlement concluded in accordance with the requirements of the law may promote the achievement of the goals of the Criminal Procedure Law. In general, the requirements of the Criminal Procedure Law (CPL) regarding the implementation of the settlement between the accused and the victim, the form of the settlement and the notification on the settlement are followed.
18 December, 2008

The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court accepts the oath of the attorneys

On December 18 twenty five attorneys gave oath to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. Ivars Bickovics accepting the oath wished the newly admitted attorneys to be full of energy, smart, creative, thus – to be in demand. When choosing the strategy for their work they should remember that an attorney, on one hand, works as a private entrepreneur and has no employment relations with the state, but, on the other hand, the advocacy is a part of the judiciary. The public attitude to the court system develops also by evaluating the work of the attorneys, and it affects also the prestige of the work of judges and prosecutors.
11 December, 2008

During his training visit a judge from the Netherlands visits the Supreme Court

When Willem Korthals Altes, a judge from the Netherlands, visited the Supreme Court on December 10, an interesting discussion opened with the judge of the Chamber of Criminal Cases Anita Polakova. He has worked in the appellate instance court, too, but returned to the Amsterdam District Court as he found the work in the first instance court more interesting. W. Altes was interested in the Latvian court system where the regional court functions both as the court of the first level and the appellate instance, but the Supreme Court – both as the appellate instance and the cassation instance. In the Netherlands, all the cases in the first instance are reviewed by the court of the first level. A different system existed with the taxation courts, but they underwent a court reform when many judges had to transfer to the courts of a lower level, and this caused an emotional problem. Therefore he understands why the new draft Law on Judiciary proceeds so hard. The judges exchanged information regarding the similarities and differences in the criminal proceedings of both countries, the understanding of legalization of proceeds from crime. The colleague from the Netherlands was particularly interested in the institution of lay judges which does not exist in his country, however, discussions about it take place once in a while. He was interested whether there are cases with the Chamber of Criminal Cases in which, when adopting a judgment in the first instance, the opinions of the judge and the lay judges varied.
2 December, 2008

Judge Arnis Dundurs starts to work in the Chamber of Civil Cases

As of December 2, Arnis Dundurs, the former judge of the Riga Regional Court starts to fulfill the duties of the Supreme Court Judge in the Chamber of Civil Cases. A. Dundurs was confirmed in the position of the Supreme Court Judge by the Saeima (the Parliament) on November 13.
28 November, 2008

Judges of the Norwegian first instance courts visit the Supreme Court

“In Europe we think and solve may matters surprisingly similarly, however, in Latvia we heard and saw several good ideas which we will think about after returning to Norway”, after the meeting with the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Ivars Bickovics said the Chairman of the Nordmore City Court Jan Erling Lied. The delegation of the Norwegian judges and court employees during their stay in Latvia, visited the Supreme Court on November 28. The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court told the Norwegian delegation about the Latvian court system, the structure and tasks of the Supreme Court, the system of remuneration of the Latvian judges, and the social guarantees. As the visitors were the judges of the first instance courts, it was interesting for them to hear the story of the personal career of I. Bickovics, the way how he, the former judge of the district court, rose to the position of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.
27 November, 2008

Sixteen attorneys give oath to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court

On November 27, sixteen attorneys who passed the examination for certified attorneys and who were admitted to attorneys by the Latvian Bar Association, gave their oath to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Ivars Bickovics. Dr. iur. Uldis Krastins was released from taking the examination.
26 November, 2008

Caucasian countries interested in the experience of further training of the Latvian judges

On November 26, judges and representatives from the judicial training centers of Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan visited the Supreme Court. The persons responsible for the training of judges met with the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Ivars Bickovics and during the discussion were acquainted with the place and role of the Supreme Court in the system of the Latvian courts, its structure and history. Special interest was paid to the further training of judges, the competence of the Supreme Court in the professional development of judges of the courts of lower instances and the cooperation of the Supreme Court with the Latvian Judicial Training Center.