The Supreme Court has chosen Sipji Oak from Rumba parish as the symbol of the centennial of the Senate of Latvia. Rumba parish is the homeland of Kristaps Valters, the first Chair of the General Assembly of the Senate of Latvia. Symbolic mark of the centenary of the Senate of Latvia was officially opened by the Supreme Court during the celebration of 99th anniversary of Latvia on November 17.
Kristaps Valters’ firm belief in the independence and fairness of a judge is like the strength of oak roots, which hold up the trunk and give robustness to the tree to flourish for hundreds of years through the storms of life – the idea of the centenary mark of the Senate.
The photograph of Sipji Oak will decorate the next year’s calendar of the Supreme Court, but the mark of the centenary of the Senate of Latvia will be used in events dedicated to centenary of the Senate, in printed and other publications, in Supreme Court e-mails and elsewhere.
The Senate of Latvia was a cassation instance in the Latvian judicial system from 1918 to 1940, when the Soviet authorities liquidated it. The centenary of the Senate of Latvia will be celebrated on December 19, 2018.
The Supreme Court is the continuator of the work and traditions of the Senate of Latvia. The Senate was reinstated in the Supreme Court of the restored Republic of Latvia, and the name of the Senate belonged to the cassation instance from 1995 to 2013. Since 2014, with amendments to the Law "On Judicial Power", the name of the Senate has been deleted from the title of the cassation instance; the cassation instance consists of three departments of the Supreme Court.
More about the Senate see here:
The Senate of Latvia 1918 - 1940
More about Kristaps Valters see here:
An oak will flourish in memory of Kristaps Valters, the first Chief Justice of the Senate of Latvia
Chair of the General Assembly of the Senate, Kristaps Valters
Information prepared by
Rasma Zvejniece, the Head of the Division of Communication of the Supreme Court
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