The Senate of Latvia - 100

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In 2018, the Senate of Latvia celebrates its centenary. The month after the founding of Latvia – on the 19th of December 1918 – the Senate of Latvia was established, which was the highest instance court of the Latvian judicial system – the cassation instance court. Therefore, 2018 is also be the centennial of the Senate of Latvia.

The Supreme Court is the continuator of the work and tradition of the Senate of Latvia and also ensures the preservation of its history. The centenary of the Senate, an important event not only in the history of the Supreme Court and courts of Latvia, but also in the history of the State of Latvia, is celebrated throughout the year.

All information on the events of the centenary of the Senate can be found in this section.

 

  • Centenary mark of the Senate of Latvia

The Supreme Court has chosen Sipji Oak from Rumba parish as the symbol of the centennial of the Senate of Latvia. Rumba parish is the homeland of Kristaps Valters, the first Chair of the General Assembly of the Senate of Latvia. Symbolic mark of the centenary of the Senate of Latvia was officially opened by the Supreme Court during the celebration of 99th anniversary of Latvia on November 17.

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  • Supreme Court Bulletin – on Kristaps Valters and succession of the court practice of the Senate

03.11.2017
On the cover of the 15th issue of the Supreme Court Bulletin – photographs from the first event dedicated to the centenary of the Senate of Latvia – the planting of an oak in memory of Kristaps Valters, the first Chair of the Senate of Latvia. The pages of the Bulletin contain not only the most significant facts about the contribution of Kristaps Valters to the formation of the Latvian judicial system and the Senate, and to strengthening of the principle of the independence of judges and foundation of administrative proceedings, but they also give an overview of the succession of case-law in civil cases examined at the cassation instance.

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  • An oak in memory of Kristaps Valters, first Chair of Assembly of the Senate

04.10.2017
In honor of the first Chair of the Senate of Latvia – Kristaps Valters, born in Kuldiga, representatives of the Supreme Court planted a memorial oak in Kuldiga and visited the senator's resting place in Rumba parish. With this event, the Supreme Court initiated the celebration of centenary of the Senate of Latvia.

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  • Exhibition on the Senate of Latvia at the lobby of the Supreme Court

21.12.2017
The exhibition "The Senate of Latvia - 100", which was opened at the Supreme Court on the on the 99th anniversary of the Senate, reflects the history of the cassation instance of the judicial system of Latvia – the Senate of Latvia – since its establishment in 1918 until its liquidation in 1940. As well as it tells about fates of the senators after the Soviet occupation. Exhibition will be open all year round until the centenary anniversary of the Senate of Latvia.

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  • The Supreme Court presents the film “Senators” on the centenary anniversary of the Senate 

21.12.2017
On the centennial of the Senate of Latvia, the Supreme Court offers to watch the film "Senators", which is the story of thirty Latvian senators – judges of the cassation instance in the first period of the Free State of Latvia from 1918 to 1940. The Supreme Court invites the local authorities of senators' birthplaces to cooperate by learning facts about and honoring lives and contribution to Latvia of their compatriots – the senators of the Senate of Latvia. Also, the Supreme Court will gladly react to the call to show the film at other places that have been significant in the lives of senators, including universities, courts and elsewhere.

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  • Articles about senators in the magazine "Jurista Vārds" (Lawyer’s Word) in the series "Lawyers' Fates"

Kristaps Valters: Senator's role as a citizen's duty and self-sacrifice. (p. 22, p. 23p. 24p. 25p. 26, p. 27) 10.10.2017.

August Loeber: The lifetime of a Baltic lawyer dedicated to Latvian civil rights. 08.09.2015.

Vladimir Bukovsky: Classic of civil procedure. 30.04.2013.

Family tree of Senator Voldemars Zamuels at the Supreme Court Museum. Jurista Vārds, 03.08.2010.

 

ABOUT THE HISTORY OF THE SENATE OF LATVIA

About the previous anniversaries of the Senate of Latvia