In 2014, comparing with previous year, number of cases received in the Supreme Court decreased for 585 cases, thus 4936 cases were received for review. Summarised statistical data show that decrease of cases was established at the appellate instance, and it is related to court reform and gradual elimination of court chambers. Number of cases received in the cassation instance has not changed – 3539 cases were received, moreover, number of cases received in the Department of Criminal Cases and the Department of Administrative Cases has increased.  

Last year, the Supreme Court reviewed 4593 cases.

Capacity of departments of the cassation instance was different: the Department of Civil Cases reviewed 1337 cases, which make 40 per cent of cases being adjudicated in the department.  The Department of Criminal Cases reviewed 802 cases – 89 per cent of cases being adjudicated, and the Department of Administrative Cases reviewed 973 cases or 66 per cent of cases being adjudicated. Approximately in 60 per cent of cases departments rejected initiation of cassation proceedings or verification of lawfulness of a ruling.

By the end of the year, there were 3943 cases pending in the Supreme Court, and it is 343 cases more than at the beginning of the year. The largest accumulation of cases is in the Department of Civil Cases, which is 2085 cases. There are 505 cases pending in the Department of Administrative Cases and 107 cases – in the Department of Criminal Cases.

1246 cases were pending in the Chamber of Civil Cases. In accordance with court reform and amendments to the Civil Procedure Law, the Chamber will not receive new cases anymore and the date of end of its operation is 31 December 2016.  

The Chamber of Criminal Cases, in turn, was liquidated on 31 December 2014. 84 cases pending in the chamber were transferred to regional court as appellate instance courts along with elimination of its activity.

On 6 March, the Plenary Session (general meeting of judges) of the Supreme Court will be held, where performance of the Court in 2014 will be analysed and solutions will be looked for to make it more effective.

See complete summary of statistics of the Supreme Court on the web site of the Supreme Court in section Proceedings/ Statistics


Information prepared by

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

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