28 November, 2008
“In Europe we think and solve may matters surprisingly similarly, however, in Latvia we heard and saw several good ideas which we will think about after returning to Norway”, after the meeting with the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Ivars Bickovics said the Chairman of the Nordmore City Court Jan Erling Lied. The delegation of the Norwegian judges and court employees during their stay in Latvia, visited the Supreme Court on November 28. The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court told the Norwegian delegation about the Latvian court system, the structure and tasks of the Supreme Court, the system of remuneration of the Latvian judges, and the social guarantees. As the visitors were the judges of the first instance courts, it was interesting for them to hear the story of the personal career of I. Bickovics, the way how he, the former judge of the district court, rose to the position of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.
27 November, 2008
On November 27, sixteen attorneys who passed the examination for certified attorneys and who were admitted to attorneys by the Latvian Bar Association, gave their oath to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Ivars Bickovics. Dr. iur. Uldis Krastins was released from taking the examination.
26 November, 2008
On November 26, judges and representatives from the judicial training centers of Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan visited the Supreme Court. The persons responsible for the training of judges met with the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Ivars Bickovics and during the discussion were acquainted with the place and role of the Supreme Court in the system of the Latvian courts, its structure and history. Special interest was paid to the further training of judges, the competence of the Supreme Court in the professional development of judges of the courts of lower instances and the cooperation of the Supreme Court with the Latvian Judicial Training Center.
24 November, 2008
On November 21, at the annual general meeting of the Latvian Judicial Association the new President of the Latvian Judicial Association was elected. From now on these duties will be fulfilled by the Head of the Bauskas District Court Iveta Andzane. In this position she will replace the former President Ivars Bickovics who led the Judicial Association since 1998.
19 November, 2008
On November 13, the Saeima (Parliament) confirmed the judge Arnis Dundurs of the Riga Regional Court in the position of the Supreme Court Judge. 74 parliamentarians voted for the confirmation of Dundurs, 1 voted against, 3 – abstained. The structural unit of the Supreme Court in which the new judge will fulfill his duties will be determined by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. Arnis Dundurs was born in 1969 in Ventspils. In 1995 he graduated from the University of Latvia, Faculty of Law. At the present time he is taking the master course. A. Dundurs has been working in the judicial system since 1995. Previously he held the position of the administrative judge and the judge in the Ventspils City Court, in the period from 1999 till 2007, he held the position of the judge of the Kurzemes Regional Court Civil Cases Court Panel. Since May 17, 2007, he was a judge in the Riga Regional Court Civil Cases Court Panel. In 2008 the judge was conferred the second qualification degree.
14 November, 2008
Upon the invitation of the judge Ineta Ziemele of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), a group of the Supreme Court judges and assistants to judges visited the ECHR at the beginning of November and gained useful information on the current ECHR rulings and topical problems in the cases brought against Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, as well as separate problematic issues on the application of the fundamental rights in general.
14 November, 2008
On November 13, the representatives of the Swedish Commission for Security and Integration came to the Supreme Court for a working visit. The Commission led by Anders Erikson and the Vice Chairman Jeran Hokanson supervises the application of secret investigatory methods in Sweden, and at the present time they study the practice and experience of other member states of the European Union regarding the acceptance and supervision of investigatory measures. In the Supreme Court, the Swedish delegation was met by the senator Arturs Freibergs of the Department of Criminal Cases of the Senate and the Head of the Division of Special Records Signe Zalkalne.
13 November, 2008
Moral principles, religion, impermissible or indecent action are legal terms which the courts have to clarify and interpret when applying Article 1415 of the Civil Law which states that “an impermissible or indecent action the purpose of which is contrary to religion, laws or moral principles, or which is intended to circumvent the law, may not be the subject-matter of a lawful transaction; such a transaction is void”.
8 November, 2008
“Those working in the judiciary have not been pampered with acknowledgement. For many of them the newly established Mark of Distinction is the first and the only acknowledgement for many tens of years spent in the judicial system of Latvia. It is good that among the first to receive this award are also the Supreme Court judges“, said the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Ivars Bickovics during the celebration ceremony of the 90th anniversary of the Latvian judiciary.
4 November, 2008
By the order of November 3 of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Sandra Lapina, the former Deputy Head of the Administration and the acting Head of the Administration, was confirmed in the position of the Head of the Administration.
4 November, 2008
The Ministry of Justice has already informed that on the eve of the 90th anniversary of the State of Latvia and the judiciary, this year for the first time 49 employees of judiciary will be awarded with the Marks of Distinction of the judiciary.