In the centenary of the Baltic States, the first president of Latvia Janis Cakste and his family is commemorated, as judges of the Supreme Courts of Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania planted an oak in their memory on June 15, in their home village - “Auci” of Ozolnieki district.

The place was not chosen by chance, because Mintauts Cakste, one of Janis Cakste’s sons, was Senator of the Senate of Latvia from 1934 to 1940. State president’s other sons and family members were also lawyers. When visiting the Memorial Museum devoted to Janis Cakste, listening to the story about a big and strong family, and meeting with Mintauts Ckaste’s granddaughter Kristine Cakste, Estonian and Lithuanian colleagues admitted that this is the right place for Latvian lawyers to gather and strengthen the spirit of patriotism.

At a joint conference on June 14 the chief justices and judges of the Supreme Courts of the Baltic States looked at the development of the judicial systems in the first centenary of the states.

The annual meeting of the Supreme Courts of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia is a tradition, and in this special year of the 100th anniversary of the all Baltic States it took place in Latvia.

On the second day of the meeting, on June 15, representatives of the courts visited Zemgale Regional Court in order to get acquainted with the work of the court of appeal, its cooperation with the Supreme Court, as well as exchange information about the work of judicial self-government bodies.


Information prepared by

Rasma Zvejniece, the Head of the Division of Communication of the Supreme Court

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