The Supreme Court bulletin

The print version

In 2010, the Supreme Court resumed a historical tradition to publish legal informative and educational edition – “The Bulletin of the Supreme Court”, which had been published for thirty-five years, between 1958 and 1993.

“The Bulletin of the Supreme Court” is published twice a year.

It will be delivered to all Latvian courts and other judicial institutions, as well as to libraries and higher educational establishments.

The bulletin is prepared by the Administration of the Supreme Court in cooperation with departments and the Division of Case-law.


No 16 – April 2018

  • The Supreme Court's public report for 2017
  • Law practice: summary of case law of 2017 and change of case law, index of judgments published in classifications of case law on the website; applications to the Constitutional Court and requests for preliminary rulings to the Court of Justice of the European Union
  • Latvian Judges' Conference on the independence of a judge: baseline report of Egils Levits, reports on the external independence of a judge by Ivars Bickovics, Gaidis Berzins, Dzintars Rasnacs, Rita Rudusa; reports on the independence of a judge in the judicial system by Peteris Dzalbe, Maris Vigants, Anita Kovalevska, Juris Silins, Adrija Kasakovska; reports on independence in decision-making by Ivars Austers, Aivita Putnina, Olegs Latisevs
  • Veronika Krumina's reflection on the Wild West in the field of communication and normativism vs. knowledge and the legal culture
  • Aigars Strupiss: if there is no natural intelligence, artificial one will not help us
  • Marika Senkane in the framework of the exchange programme gets acquainted with the Irish judicial system – one of the most effective in Europe


No 15 – November 2017

  • The centenary anniversary of the Senate of Latvia: planting an oak to commemorate Kristaps Valters, the first Chief Justice of the Senate, and the succession of court practice
  • Materials of the closing conference of the international project "Supreme Courts as guarantee for effectiveness of judicial systems in the European Union"
  • Ivars Bickovics on the importance of legal science in ensuring a high-quality legal environment and on Latvia's experience in evaluating judges' professional activities
  • Veronika Krumina on legal protection of the environment, court communication and the evils of hidden lobbying
  • Anita Zikmane on the role of the case-law of the European Court of Human Rights in the work of the Supreme Court
  • Legal Research Counsels to the Department of Criminal Cases on the cases examined by the Supreme Court in the context of pre-litigation settlement and the legal framework for international cooperation in the field of criminal justice


No 14 – April 2017

  • The Supreme Court's public report for 2016
  • Law practice: summary of case law of 2016 and change of case law, index of judgments published in classifications of case lawon the website
  • Topical rulings: Rihards Gulbis about copyright on movies made in Soviet times; Arturs Freibergs and Janis Baumanis on the protection of state symbols through criminal law
  • Media day – on municipal court cases and case law 
  • Ivars Bickovics and Dace Mita on the quality of the legislative process and the impact of the inconsistency of provisions of law on the strengthening of the case law
  • Zane Petersone: mediation rather than litigation is more appropriate for conflict resolution


No 12 – April 2016

  • Public report of the Supreme Court of 2015
  • Materials of Latvian Judges’ Conference of 13 November 2015
  • Legal praxis: summary of case-law of 2015 and change of case-law, index of rulings published in case-law classifiers on the web site
  • 10 years of the Criminal Procedure Law: Pavels Gruzins on new examination of rulings, which entered into force; Janis Baumanis – on right to information in criminal proceedings  
  • Rihards Gulbis on the role of the cassation instance court in civil procedure and development of legal system
  • Jautrite Briede on legal certainty in administrative procedure
  • Veronika Krumina on court rulings as the legal image of the state 


No 11 – October 2015

  • Conference “Commercial Law in Baltic Legal Space”: Aigars Strupiss on invalidation of decisions adopted in meetings of participants of limited liability companies; Zane Petersone – on non-pecuniary damage to legal entity; Gediminas Sagatys – on case-law of the Supreme Court of Lithuania in field of contractual law; Jaana Lints – on interaction between CMR Convention and Estonian domestic laws
  • The 150th anniversary of August Loeber: exhibition from the collection of the museum of the Supreme Court and conference, where  Janis Lazdins, Dina Gailite, Edvins Danovskis and Signe Terihova report on Baltic legal space, Baltic German lawyers, August Loeber and Dietrich Andre Loeber  
  • Ivars Bickovics on new initiatives of communication of Latvian courts
  • Edite Vernusa on case-law and topical issues of the Department of Civil Cases in claims filed against media for injury of honour and dignity
  • Dace Mita, Jautrite Briede and Veronika Krumina on topical issues in field of administrative law: cases of stateless persons and non-citizens; separation of administrative acts and political decisions;  disclosure of confidential information at disposal of public administration in public interests; challenges in protection of human rights
  • Decisions of the Plenary Session of the Supreme Court and the Council for the Judiciary



No 10 – April, 2015

  • Public report of the Supreme Court of 2014
  • Legal praxis: conclusions of eight compilation of court decisions, change of case-law in 2014 and summary of case-law, indices of rulings of 2014 published on the web site of the Supreme Court
  • Legal thoughts: Ivars Bickovics and Kristine Strada-Rozenberga on importance of Latvian legal doctrine in case-law, Veronika Krumina on lessons of case on elections, and values and responsibility of judges  
  • Jautrite Briede on inaction of an institution as form of factual action, Janis Neimanis on principle of impartial investigation, Dace Mita on praxis of administrative courts in compensation of damages,  Aigars Strupiss on a case on legal protection procedure in a court
  • Decisions of the Plenary Session of the Supreme Court, decisions of the Council for the Judiciary, decision of the Judges’ Conference  
  • History: the Chamber of Criminal Cases of the Supreme Court 1995 - 2014


No 9 – October, 2014

  • Materials of the conference “Courts in Legal Culture Space” – on relations between court and politicians, court and media, court and society
  • Materials of Latvian Judges’ Conference – assessment of the first quadrennial term of activity of Latvian Council for the Judiciary  
  • Problems of use of information obtained within operational activity measures in criminal procedure – review by Peteris Dzalbe, the Chair of the Department of Criminal Cases
  • Literary form of Latvian language must be used in procedural documents of a court
  • Decisions of the Plenary Session of the Supreme Court, decisions of the Council for the Judiciary, decisions of Judges’ Conferences


No 8 – April, 2014

  • Will the Senate always be 95 years young? Allocutions, greetings and reflections from ceremonial sitting dedicated to the 95th anniversary of the Senate of Latvia  
  • Annual report of the Supreme Court’s work in 2013
  • The Supreme Court strategy 2014-2016
  • Summary of case-law and indices of rulings of the Senate of 2013
  • Comfort money – instead of reimbursement of moral injury? – proposals of the professor Kalvis Torgans
  • Special use of a public property – view of the professor Jautrite Briede



No 7 – December, 2013

  • 95th anniversary of the Senate of Latvia
  • Structural and organisational changes of the Supreme Court as from January 1, 2014
  • Information and experience gained in international seminars, conferences, work groups and experience visits
  • Cancellation of administrative act in practice of the Supreme Court
  • At Judges’ Conference: on topical issues regarding work of courts in relation to amendments to the law “On Judicial Power” of 13 June 2013, on topical issues within interaction of the European Court of Human Rights and Latvian courts, on study about trust to courts and perception of corruption 
  • Practical introduction to psychology, communication with media, Latvian language and Latin language 


No 6 – April, 2013

  • Annual report of the Supreme Court’s work in 2012
  • Case-law rulings of the Senate of 2012: classifier by categories of cases or legal standards, as well as index of legal acts used in rulings
  • Reports and presentations from Latvian Judicial Conference of November 2, 2012 
  • Standpoint discussion: about efficiency of work of the Senate and problems arising from present regulation of cassation instance in civil procedure  
  • State language protection aspects in practice of administrative courts
  • Responsibility of legal persons in Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia  


No 5 – October, 2012

  • Materials from international conference “The Role of Supreme Courts in Protection of Human Rights”
  • New procedure of evaluation of professional work of judges
  • Report on applications of administrative courts submitted to the Constitutional Court
  • Theses for rulings, in which case-law was altered by the Senate
  • Conclusions and experience gained by senators and judges on business trips


No 4 – May, 2012

  • Public report on work of the Supreme Court in 2011
  • Systematised classification of case-law of departments of the Senate of 2011
  • Report on trends of administrative law in Latvia
  • On authority of cassation instance in civil cases
  • Implementation of mediation model derived by court in solving civil disputes


No 3 – December, 2011

  • Materials from Latvian Judicial Conference
  • Decisions on issues related to jurisdiction of cases adopted in the session of the Chairs of departments of the Senate
  • On property responsibility in private and public law
  • Has the legislator chosen the most appropriate procedural regulation for adjudication of small claims on recollection of money and provisions
  • On gallery of portraits of Honoured Judges in the Supreme Court


No 2 – May, 2011 

  • Public report on work of the Supreme Court in 2010
  • On compensation of moral injury in criminal proceedings
  • Cases heard in the Senate regarding civil service relations
  • Summary of case-law in cases about individual labour disputes
  • On child friendly court


No 1 – November, 2010 

  • Materials from international conference “Judicature of the Supreme Court and its role in development of legal thought in Latvia
  • Role of national Supreme Courts in European law system
  • Challenges of the Senate of Latvia to nowadays
  • Compensation of invasion as principle of human rights and its implementation in Latvia
  • Conclusions of Latvian scientists of Law in decisions of the Supreme Court