Collection of judgements and decisions of 2013 by the Senate of the Supreme Court is published and made its way to readers. This is the eighteenth Collection of the Judgements and Decisions by the Supreme Court Senate and it has been historical edition in some sense, as with amendments to the law “On Judicial Power” of 13 June 2013, the title of the Senate is deleted in Latvian court system as from 1 January 2014.

The collection comprises the most relevant rulings by all departments of the Senate – the Department of Civil Cases, the Department of Criminal Cases and the Department of Administrative Cases. In the foreword to the collection, Ivars Bickovics, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, pointed out: “119 particularly selected rulings in this Collection shall inform what legal cases were solved in the Senate in 2013, what discussions they aroused. What prejudicial questions were put to the Court of Justice of the European Union and what conclusions of the European Court of Human Rights had become newly discovered circumstances to renew criminal proceedings. What reasons made the Senate to change case-law and what ancillary decisions were adopted in cases, when an institution had broken the law. It had been working routine of the Senate, and each senator had reported in 105-115 cases per year, at an average. Only the small part, which makes up only approximately four per cent of the total number of cases examined by the Senate, is published in the Collection of the judgements and decisions”.

Each part of rulings by departments of the Senate may be relatively considered to be single book, which provides general review on work of each department in 2013. Each part of the collection has its own expanded index of contents and summary. Also, several indices have been developed particularly for each part upon different criteria, which will help to find ruling of particular interest.

Judges Veronika Krumina, Edite Vernusa and Peteris Dzalbe, judges’ assistants Agris Dreimanis and Nora Magone and consultant of the Division of Case-law Zinaida Indruna took part in development of the collection of rulings of 2013 by the Senate.

The book is published in small edition, it may be sought in book shops and e-shop of the Courthouse Agency.


Information prepared by Baiba Kataja, the Press secretary of the Supreme Court

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