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30 December, 2009

Gunars Aigars has been nominated for a title of the Person of the Year of the Supreme Court

The highest award of the Supreme Court – the title of the Person of the Year and Themis award in year 2009 had been given to the deputy of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, the Chair of the Chamber of Civil Cases Gunars Aigars. While advising Gunars Aigars for this title, judges and employees indicated that Aigars in year 2009 was re-elected for the post of deputy of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, he achieved maximum age of the judge of the Supreme Court – 70 years, he is full of energy to continue working and his term of office was prolonged for 5 years. This is evidence of his experience and high competency, colleagues say. In year 2009 Gunars Aigars received also State award – Cross of Recognition. “Energetic, clever, competent, understanding chief. A humane, collegial and helpful colleague. Also in conditions of great load keeps his optimism and calmness. Always kind, smiling, helpful, sharing his knowledge and gives some advice”, thus colleagues evaluate Aigars.
22 December, 2009

Almost half of the hundred of advocates give a vow to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court

Forty-four new advocates, accepted in the Council of Sworn Advocates, on December 22, promised to be honest, faithful and loyal to the State and Rule of Law. According to the Law on Advocacy, they gave a vow to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Ivars Bickovics, while greeting the plentiful expansion of the community of advocates, reminded that advocates are part of judicial system, so their task is to strengthen the Rule of Law and judicial system. “You have all opportunities with your good work to form a good reputation of judicial system, to work, so that no one could tell jokes and laugh about Latvian lawyers”, the Chief Justice said. He wished to be clever, knowing, marketable advocates, respected by colleagues, judges, prosecutors, and who would always execute their mission to protect interests of people. The deputy of the Chair of the Council of Sworn Advocates Guna Kaminska affirmed that new advocates came to give a vow with belief about ability to execute their mission, with hope to help people with their work and with love towards close people.
18 December, 2009

The acquaintance has been maid with use of modern technologies in work of Swiss Federal Supreme Court and Swiss Prosecutor’s Office

In the framework of project of cooperation of Latvia and Switzerland “Modernisation of courts in Latvia” the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Ivars Bickovics visited the Federal Supreme Court of Switzerland and Federal Prosecutor’s Office of Switzerland. The delegation of Latvian courts got acquainted with experience of Switzerland in use of modern technologies in the work of courts and Prosecutor’s Office. The Federal Supreme Court of Switzerland is located in two cities – divisions of public law, civil law and criminal law are locate in Lausanne, but the division of social insurance, also known as the Federal Insurance Court of Switzerland – in Lucerne. Other governmental institutions are also distributed among different cities, thus demonstrating the democracy, decentralisation of governmental management of the Switzerland and promoting steady development of the territory. Latvian court delegation verified how successfully the administrative management has been realised in both parts of the Federal Supreme Court of Switzerland, using everyday video and electronic communication with courts. The Federal Supreme Court of Switzerland demonstrated also opportunities of electronic litigation and use of phonogram equipment in court rooms.
17 December, 2009

Representatives of the Supreme Court participate in a court session of the European Court of Human Rights

In the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in Strasbourg in the court session on December 9, in which the case of “A, B and C against Ireland in the case about abortions” as listeners the senator of the Department of Civil Cases of the Senate of the Supreme Court Inara Garda, the judge of the Chamber of Criminal Cases Inguna Radzevica and secretary of court hearings of the Senate Ilga Vekmane. Judges and employees of the Supreme Court regularly use opportunity to participate in the sessions of ECHR and get an experience, meeting judges and specialists from Latvia and other countries. The oral sessions of ECHR have been held rarely. They take place in open court proceedings, and delegations from all over the world can submit applications for participation. This time, in the court session, except for representatives of the Supreme Court of Latvia, representatives of the Supreme Court of Canada, Russia, etc. also arrived. Students from Germany and France and other interested persons
15 December, 2009

The senator Jautrite Briede will read a public lecture tomorrow

On Wednesday, December 16, at 9.00 a.m. in Room 19 of the Faculty of Law of the University of Latvia associate professor, the senator of the Supreme Court Jautrite Briede will read a public lecture “The determinant moment for evaluation of legal and actual circumstances in administrative procedure”. In the lecture there will be reviewed questions, what legal and actual circumstances should be taken into account by institution and court, if they change during contradiction or appeal of the administrative deed.
4 December, 2009

Decisions published in the collection of sentences and rulings of the Senate characterize the development of the case-law

This week the collection of sentences and rulings of the Department of Civil Cases of the Senate, passed in year 2008, became available for the public. In this collection 112 selected decisions in civil cases have been published. Traditionally, like in collections of previous years, decisions published have been generalized according to categories of cases, in which disputes between participants of the process occur most often, also taking into account the significance and topicality of such category of cases. One or more theses have been attached to the decision, which in concentrated and generalized way reflect the conclusion, stated in the decision, about application or interpretation of concrete legal standard. For convenience of readers several indices have been included in the collection. The most part in the collection take sentences in questions of application of material legal standards in cases that result from liability law. The second biggest category is cases about application of procedural legal standards in questions about respect for rights of individuals in legal proceedings. There has noticeably reduced number of cases about restoration of property rights due to amendments of laws on land reform and privatisation, restoration of property rights for illegaly alienated and nationalised property. This process has practically ended, there is only a small number of such cases left unreviewed in the Senate. The number of cases reviewed in the court, about inheritance has also decreased. These are results of amendments in the law, by which rights of sworn notaries to proceed with cases about inheritance have been broadened. This is possible in case, if there are no disputes between heirs about hereditary rights.
26 November, 2009

Ukranian judges learn from the Supreme Court of Latvia

On November 26, during the scholastic visit, the Supreme Court had been visited by the delegation of judges from the Ukraine. Their aim was to get acquainted with judicial system of Latvia, inter alia – with the Supreme Court. In the composition of the delegation there had been included the deputy of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Ukraine and the chairman of the Council of Justice of the Ukraine Petr Pilipcuk, chairmen and deputies of chairmen of Court of appeal and several regional courts of the Ukraine, representatives of Court Administration of the Ukraine. The delegation met the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Ivars Bickovics, his deputy and the Chair of the Department of Criminal Cases of the Senate Pavels Gruzins, and the Head of Administration Sandra Lapina. Colleagues had been interested about several fields of professional work – the creation and use of the case-law of the Supreme Court, the organisation of work of departments of the Senate, replacement of judges, sanctioning of operative activities, the appointment of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and independence of the Supreme Court. Ukrainian colleagues were interested about opinion upon liquidation of Commercial Court and creation of administrative courts in Latvia, the procedure of appointment of General Procesutor and other questions.
19 November, 2009

In national holiday the united Choir of courts makes the debut

In ceremonial event in the Supreme Court that had been dedicated to 91st anniversary of proclamation of the Republic of Latvia, on November 17, the united Choir of courts took the floor. This was the first performance of the Choir. The Choir of courts, in which judges and employees of the Supreme Court, the Administrative regional court, the Court of the Central district of Riga city, the Land book and Office of Prosecutor, since September have come to rehearsals twice a week. Conductors Daiga Stube and Ivita Poriete work with the choir. The beginning of community singing was established last year already, when senators Jautrite Briede and Veronika Krumina suggested to unite all those, who wanted to sing, in the choir of the Supreme Court. Daiga Stube, who was the employee of the court that time, also sang in the choir, and later she put herself at the head of the choir as conductor. Unfortunately, the community singing had run short, but this autumn it revived in new quality – the choir of the Supreme Court expanded till the united Choir of courts, and Daiga Stube resumed her studies in Latvian Academy of Music in the Department of Choir conducting and put herself at the head of the choir.
16 November, 2009

Judges and employees of the court help to warm winter to those, who are homeless now

Judges and employees of the Supreme Court supported and answered to charity campaign „Let’s warm the winter”, and donated new and used yarns, and also knitting needoes and sweaters to be undone to manual training society in Daily Care centre of Riga home. „Visitation of classes in manual training society in Daily Care centre of Riga home is very active, and now, due to donations, they can be organised not only once a week, but more frequently. The number of those, who want work, is enough, they even plan to organise Christmas exhibition or even far with their works”, the coordinator of of the campaign, the student of Business High School „Turība” Zane tells. During the campaign that took place from October 26 till November 6, there was made invitation, when winter is at hand, to help to provide homeless inhabitants of Riga with warm scarves, gloves, socks and caps. But it had been offered not to give finished items, but to give yarns and knitting needles, so that people would knit themselves. In Daily Care Centre there was created the society of manual training, where people, whose home at present is street, could come and knit clothing for themselves and other homeless people.
4 November, 2009

The gown of the judge has been given to the collection of Honorary Consul

The collection of gowns of judges, belonging to Honorary Consul of the Republic of Latvia in Washington DC, Stephen Zirschky, will be increased with the gown of the judge of the Supreme Court. The Honorary Consul wishes to share his joy about his new acquisition with Latvians of Seattle on November 18, in the commemoration of foundation of the Republic of Latvia. Stephen Zirschky is the advocate, specializing in consultations in field of business, IT and economics. His hobby is collection of gowns of judges from different countries of the world. As since year 2007 Stephen Zirschky has executed also duties of Honorary Consul of the Republic of Latvia in Washington DC, he wanted to supplement his collection with the gown of Latvian judge very much. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has sent the petition of the Consul to the Supreme Court.