3 May, 2018
Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Ivars Bickovics presents to Cesvaineans the photography of 1938 – the time when Aleksandrs Gubens was the chair of General Assembly of the Senate
Referring to the call of the Supreme Court to organize events dedicated to senators in the municipalities where the senators of the Senate of Latvia (1918-1940) were born, and watch the movie “Senators”, on May 2 in memory of senators Aleksandrs Gubens and Mikelis Gobins such event was organized in Cesvaine, in which the Chief Justice and judges of the Supreme Court also took part.
The two senators were the chairs of the Criminal Cassation Department of the Senate of Latvia – Mikelis Gobins until 1931, Aleksandrs Gubens – from 1931 until the liquidation of the Senate in 1940. Aleksandrs Gubens was also the chair of the General Assembly of the Senate in 1934-1940.
Taking the opportunity of the visit by the Supreme Court judges, the townspeople of Cesvaine also arranged a meeting of judges with local government deputies and heads of institutions. The Chief Justice and judges of the Supreme Court also gave lessons for students of 9th-12th grades at Cesvaine Secondary School, telling about the judicial system of Latvia, the Supreme Court and the work of a judge.
Afterwards, the Cesvaineans were invited to watch the movie “Senators”, which is the story of thirty Latvian senators – judges of the court of cassation in the first period of the Free State of Latvia from 1918 to 1940. They were strong lawyers and versatile personalities who, with their knowledge and work, formed the Latvian state and remained faithful to it even after losing independence.
In conclusion of the day, representatives of the Supreme Court together with the townspeople listened to a concert at the Cesvaine Evangelic Lutheran church, where folk songs and organ music by Marija Gubene, sister of senator Aleksandrs Gubens, could be heard. She was the first female organist in Latvia and the first professor of the Latvian Conservatory of Music (Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music).
Both the Supreme Court judges and the representatives of Cesvaine municipality have recognized this day as mutually beneficial, interesting and patriotic. The Supreme Court expresses gratitude to initiators of the meeting – chair of Cesvaine Municipality Council Vilnis Spats and lawyer Sarmite Melle.
Information prepared by
Rasma Zvejniece, the Head of the Division of Communication of the Supreme Court
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