On October 19, a conference of lawyers and legal practitioners dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the Civil Procedure Law and to analysis of current civil procedure issues is held at the Ministry of Justice. At the opening of the conference, Dzintars Rasnacs, the Minister of Justice, and Laila Medina, the Deputy State Secretary on Legal Policy Issues of the Ministry of Justice, looked back at the elaboration and entry into force of the Civil Procedure Law 20 years ago. The speeches specifically emphasized the contribution of the judges of the Supreme Court to the development of procedural laws in the early 1990's.

At the beginning the working group on drafting the Civil Procedure Law, was led by Gvido Zemribo, then the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, and later by Judge Gunars Aigars under whose guidance the Civil Procedure Law was completed on October 14, 1998, when it was approved by the Saeima in the final reading. The contribution by senators Rita Saulite, Kalvis Torgans and Gunta Vinsnakova, as well as the participation of Anita Zikmane in the improving the Civil Procedure Law was praised. The Minister of Justice particularly emphasized the role of the Supreme Court in further developing the regulatory framework of the civil procedure, in particular by highlighting the contribution of Edite Vernusa, the Judge of the Department of Civil Cases, and the contribution of Rihards Gulbis, the Legal Research Counsel to the Department of Civil Cases.

The Minister of Justice presented eleven certificates of gratitude to those lawyers who, in the opinion of the Ministry of Justice, made the greatest contribution to the creation of the Civil Procedure Law. The certificates of gratitude were received by the former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Gvido Zemribo, former judges of the Supreme Court Rita Saulite, Gunars Aigars, Gunta Visnakova and Kalvis Torgans, Head of the Division of Case-law and Research Anita Zikmane, Linards Mucins, Iveta Zalpetere, Sandra Strence, Vita Jonase and Maija Sauluna.


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