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29 April, 2011

Four votes are to be carried out in the plenary session of the Supreme Court on May 2

On Monday, the 2nd of May, judges of the Supreme Court will elect the deputy Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, the Chair of the Department of Criminal Cases, the member of the Disciplinary Court and the member of the Central Election Commission. After leave of Pavels Gruzins, the long-term Chair of the Department of Criminal Cases of the Senate, from the post of the senator on the 1st of April, the new Chair of the Department should be elected in the plenary session.
8 April, 2011

Experts of European Commission ask questions in the Supreme Court about cases on racial and ethnic hatred

Experts of delegation of Council of Europe’s European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) on the 7th of April in the Supreme Court met Peteris Dzalbe, e. d. of the Chair of the Department of Criminal Cases of the Senate, Ervins Kuskis, the Chair of the Chamber of Criminal Cases and Pavels Gruzins, the Head of the Division of the Case-law to listen explanation of court representatives about case-law of Latvia in cases about racism and intolerance. Pavels Gruzins indicated that few cases were reviewed in Latvia’s case-law until now, in which charges was brought with the Article 78 of the Criminal Law for incitement of racism and ethnic hatred, so the Supreme Court didn’t find necessary to examine the case-law about this category of cases. However, if this issue is topical, the Head of the Division of the Case-law promised to make such research and make ECRI acquainted with its results. Experts were interested in arguments of the court in concrete criminal cases, searching for balance between freedom of expression and incitement of hatred. Particular interest was raised by so called Jordan’s case. The court acquitted the accused person, who was incriminated actions directed against concrete ethnic groups. Peteris Dzalbe, e. d. of the Chair of the Department of Criminal Cases of the Senate explained that reason of acquittal was not admission of his innocence, but the fact that charge for incitement of ethnic hatred or intolerance was brought incorrectly, but actions directed, in opinion of prosecution, against concrete ethnic groups were incriminated.
1 April, 2011

Pavels Gruzins will lead the Division of the Case-law

On the 1st of April, Pavels Gruzins, long-term senator, the Chair of the Department of Criminal Cases of the Senate, the deputy of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, terminated execute duties of the senator. Saeima in its session of the 24th of March dismissed Pavels Gruzins from the post of the senator of the Supreme Court by his own free will as from the 1st of April.
1 April, 2011

The case-law in cases about compensation of moral harm in criminal proceedings is not uniform

While deciding upon compensation of moral harm, courts establish rather different amount of compensation in cases, when harm was made in comparative circumstances. This fact is established in research of the Supreme Court “The case-law in cases about compensation of moral harm in criminal proceedings”. Even in criminal cases of the same category the amount of compensation of moral harm may differ and fluctuates from relatively small until significant sums. However, it also depends on a sum of compensation the injured party claimed for.