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 21 – November 2020

  • The first meeting of the new Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Aigars Strupiss with the highest officials of the state and the judiciary
  • Vision for future activities: Normunds Salenieks – on the Department of Civil Cases of the Senate; Dzintra Balta, Juris Silins, Ilze Celmina – on the Judicial Council; Juris Stukans – on the Prosecutor's Office
  • State President Egils Levits and Chair of the Judicial Council Aigars Strupiss evaluate the first decade of the Judicial Council. Dace Sulmane, Adviser to the Secretariat of the 


No 20 – May 2020

  • Judicial Council, raises a question on the status of Judicial Council documents – are they internal or external regulations?
  • The assessment of the rule of law in Latvia by the population and by the highest state officials is discussed in the Conversation Festival LAMPA “Building the rule of law together”
  • Legal research counsels speak on current issues in the field of law: Rihards Gulbis speaks about the forthcoming amendments to copyright regulation in Latvia and their impact on examination of copyright disputes in courts; Oskars Kulmanis elaborates on a police officer's service report as written testimony; Nora Zvejniece writes about giving deliberately false testimony; and Janis Baumanis focuses on a fine in juvenile criminal justice reform
  • The Supreme Court marks the 25th anniversary of the restored Senate with a discussion on the role of the senator's personality, the opening of a gallery of portraits of former Chief Justices, an exhibition on senators in the field of legal literature, and digitized historical decisions of the Plenary Session of the Supreme Court
  • 12 challenging years: the time of Ivars Bickovics as the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and a review of the performance of the Judicial Council since its establishment
  • The vision of Aigars Strupiss, the candidate for the position of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, regarding the situation and development of the Senate and the judicial system
  • Public report on the performance of the Supreme Court in 2019: statistics, reports and findings of the chairs of the departments and heads of structural units of the Senate
  • What do the two surveys show: parties to court proceedings speak on the factors influencing the duration of court proceedings and Latvian entrepreneurs give an opinion on communication with the Supreme Court and on the information provided by the Supreme Court
  • Information on application of the EU legal provisions in Latvian courts: judge Jaurite Briede speaks on their application in administrative proceedings, whereas Anita Zikmane – in criminal proceedings in the Senate
  • Information on how the Supreme Court of the restored Republic of Latvia was formed 30 years ago

No 19 – December 2019

  • Conclusions of Senator Marika Senkāne's report presented at the Plenary Session on the results of the examination of the grounds for dismissing the Prosecutor General
  • Efficiency of courts and the rule of law: Materials of the Latvian Judges’ Conference
  • Summary of Disciplinary Court findings
  • On Media Day, the heads of Senate’s departments provide recommendations regarding topics for investigative journalists
  • Topicalities of administrative law: Senator Rudīte Vīduša writes on compensation of non-pecuniary damage, Senator Anita Kovaļevska speaks on the principle of objective investigation, Senator Jautrīte Briede elaborates on the content and application of the principle of diligence, Judicial assistant Līga Dāce gives update on the dialogue with the Constitutional Court, Judicial assistant Jānis Geks speaks on personal income tax on alienation of real estate
  • Supreme Court at the LAMPA Conversation Festival: discussion “Court. Rule of Law. The backbone of a judge"
  • Most significant court cases in the Senates in the first half of 2019
  • Lessons the judges and staff of the Supreme Court of Latvia gave at the Supreme Court of Ukraine in the framework of the European project
  • Article by Dace Šulmane, Adviser to the Secretariat of the Council for the Judiciary of Latvia, “Legitimation of Gender Welfare Differences. Sociological insight of law in France”

No 18 – April 2019

  • The Supreme Court’s public report for 2018
  • Case-law: summary of case-law and change of case-law in 2017, 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
  • Information of the Council for the Judiciary and approved documents: Procedure for nominating and appointing candidates for judicial office and Regulation of the Judicial Qualifications Committee
  • Veronika Krumina on 15th anniversary of administrative courts: civic, decisive, and courageous protection of values of statehood is our duty
  • Aigars Strupiss’ insight into the everyday life of the Chair of the Senate’s Department of Civil Cases
  • Legal research counsels to the Department of Criminal Cases on the role of purpose of criminal penalty in determining a penalty and on certain aspects related to determining the penalty  
  • Does a female judge administer justice differently than does a male judge? Dace Sulmane about a unique study

No 17 – November 2018

  • Independence! Strength! Courage! – The three basic things judges wish for the Latvian judicial system in its second century. And there are more than 100 other wishes
  • Ivars Bickovics, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, reminds: “Every judge in the courtroom is the face of the Latvian judicial system.” Ineta Ziemele, the President of the Constitutional Court, invites to strive to become an ideal Latvian judge
  • Egils Levits gives three examples of heritage of Soviet legal thought and three major challenges for democratic countries in the future
  • Information about the work of the Expert Group on Investigation of Insolvency Proceedings set up by the Council for the Judiciary and the Court's obligations in the assessment of insolvency cases
  • Legal thoughts: Ivars Bickovics on judicial dialogue as a guarantor of the rule of law; Peteris Dzalbe on the role of the courts in combating financial crime; Veronika Krumina on teaching law at school; Anita Zikmane on summarizing case-law as a resource for journalist work
  • The four chairs of the Senate’s General Assembly and valuable work done by the Senate


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