The 22nd issue of the Supreme Court Bulletin could be called the judicial system handbook for future work, as it contains a number of strategic documents, namely the Judicial Council Strategy and the Supreme Court Strategy for the next five years, the procedure for selecting new Supreme Court judges, the new Code of Judicial Ethics and standards for adjudicating cases in Latvian courts.

The Bulletin also contains an overview of the work of the Supreme Court in 2020. It includes statistics on the work of the Court, a report on the work of the Senate Departments, the Division of the Case-law and Research, the Administration of the Supreme Court and the Disciplinary Court, as well as a summary by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Aigars Strupiss on Court’s performance in 2020 and objectives for 2021.

There is a review of the past year also in the section of case-law, including the most significant rulings in the Senate Departments of the second half of the year, a review of rulings containing case-law findings published on the Supreme Court website, a review of Latvian preliminary ruling cases in the European Union and of applications to the Constitutional Court.

In the section on legal ideas there are two publications on matters of administrative procedure – Senator Jautrite Briede writes about the principle of procedural autonomy and its application in practice, but Legal Research Counsel Aleksandrs Potaicuks speaks on the bases of recognition of cross-border administrative acts. Legal Research Counsels of the Department of Criminal Cases Oskars Kulmanis, Nora Zvejniece and Janis Baumanis and Senator’s Assistant Laura Smukule have provided insight into various issues of criminal proceedings, such as the examination of evidence and substantiation of a court decision, leaving appeals without examination, equivalent of an accusation in the proceedings of the application of a coercive measure to a legal person, an application or explanation prepared by a natural person as evidence.

Lawyers will benefit from the material prepared by Ilvija Puce, Adviser to the Division of Case-law and Research, on the general comments of the United Nations Committees as a source of law. Consultant Zinaida Indruna, on the other hand, looks at the principle of justice in the practice of the Latvian Senate – both in the interwar Senate and in today's cassation court.

The review of legal literature includes not only books published in Latvia by senators and advisers of the Senate, but also a review of a book published in the Netherlands by Dace Sulmane, Adviser to the Secretariat of the Judicial Council, analysing a new study on judicial independence.

In the history section, Veronika Krumina, Chair of the Department of Administrative Cases of the Senate, encourages to celebrate the centenary of Administrative Justice. In 1921, the Law on Administrative Courts was adopted, but in 2001 – the Law on Administrative Procedure. Why lilacs have been chosen as the symbol of the anniversary year and how they will link the present and the future – read it in the Bulletin.

The Supreme Court Bulletin is published twice a year. It is received by Latvian courts and other institutions of the judicial system, libraries and law faculties of higher education institutions.

Supreme Court Bulletin No 22 (in Latvian)



Information prepared by

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

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