21 August, 2019
The Courthouse Agency, in cooperation with the Supreme Court, has published a summary of the most important rulings in 2018 adopted under the cassation procedure. This is the twenty-third yearbook of Supreme Court rulings, and the name of the Senate is returned to its title (the Compilation of Rulings of the Senate), as in 2018 the legislator restored the historical name of the cassation instance (the Senate).
In 2018, 2107 cases were reviewed under the cassation procedure. 69 rulings have been selected for publication in the Compilation, which both illustrate the diversity of the issues addressed and focus on topical findings of the Senate.
In his introductory remarks, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Ivars Bickovics pointed out the strengthening of the role of the case-law in the administration of justice, “Although the findings of the case-law do not replace the work of judges in the interpretation and application of legal provisions, it is a pleasure to note the contribution of the Senate in maintaining the uniformity of the case-law. As well as reaffirming the lack of a clear regulatory framework, Senate rulings ensure fairness and balance in respect for fundamental rights.”
The Compilation of Rulings of the Senate was developed by chairs of the Supreme Court departments Veronika Krumina, Aigars Strupiss and Peteris Dzalbe, legal research counsels Reinis Odins and Nora Magone, head of the Division of Case-law and Research Anita Zikmane, specialists Kaspars Kukmilks and Liena Henke, as well as lawyer Signe Terihova.
The decisions of each department of the Senate are summarized in a separate section of the Compilation. Each section begins with an extensive table of contents and an annotation in Latvian and English explaining why published rulings were selected for publication.
The rulings published in the Compilation are systematised and are accompanied by case-law findings. Several indicators have been created for each section according to different criteria.
The book "Compilation of Rulings of the Senate of the Republic of Latvia 2018" is available at legal literature outlets and at the online store of Courthouse Agency. All Latvian courts and higher education institutions where lawyers are trained will receive the Compilation free of charge.
Information prepared by
Rasma Zvejniece, the Head of the Division of Communication of the Supreme Court
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