The cover of the latest issue of the Supreme Court Bulletin features senators and Senate employees holding the Constitution in their hands, while the Bulletin's pages tell the story of the Senate's contribution to the centenary of the Constitution. The special contribution is the Senate's book of findings ‘The Senate reads the Constitution’. The Bulletin contains the reflections of researchers and senators expressed at the opening ceremony of the book, as well as the materials of the discussion "Constitution in the hands of the judge", in which legal scholars Edvīns Danovskis and Jānis Pleps, senators Edīte Vernuša and Ieva Višķere, as well as writer Māra Svīre and actor Gints Andžāns, who, as it turned out, were all lawyers, took part.

One can also read the materials of the international conference ‘Role of the Supreme Court in Strengthening the Values ​​of the Constitution’ dedicated to the centenary of the Constitution. There are addresses by the highest state officials, the message of Stephen Breyer, the retired judge of the US Supreme Court, and the conference reports, which include the experiences of Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Austria, and the Czech Republic.

The centenary celebration of the administrative justice was concluded with the conference ‘Values and Rationality: Limits in Society and Adjudication’. In the Bulletin, one can read the address of Veronika Krūmiņa, the chair of the Department of Administrative Cases of the Senate, and the report ‘Human consciousness and values’ presented by Juris Rubenis, the director of the Institute of Integral Education.

Who needs judicial independence? – that was the central question of the discussion, perhaps even a duel, between judges and political scientists. The discussion took place in one of the eight ‘Themis tent’ events within this year's LAMPA Conversation Festival. The Bulletin features this discussion, in which the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Aigars Strupišs, Judge of the Court of the European Union Ineta Ziemele and political scientists Žaneta Ozoliņa and Filips Rajevskis participated. Moreover, this year's Latvian Judges Conference was also devoted to issues of judicial independence, the materials of which are also published in the Bulletin.

The Bulletin, furthermore, contains the report by Senator Rudīte Vīduša on the contribution of the Constitutional Rights Commission to the development of national law, which she presented at the conference organized by the State President. As well as there are readings by senators at the 80th International Scientific Conference of the University of Latvia. Senator Kaspars Balodis reported on the interpretation of the Commercial Law regarding the matter of raising public claims, while Senator Anita Kovaļevska spoke on the concept of actual action within the meaning of administrative law in Latvia and Germany. An article on the concept of ‘indirect perpetrator’ by Aleksandra Azeva, the legal research counsel, is devoted to the field of criminal law.

In the history section, there is a conversation between Jānis Geks, the legal research counsel of the Department of Administrative Cases of the Senate, and Senator Andris Guļāns, the former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. This conversation focuses on the position of a judge and reveals both the personality of Andras Guļāns and provides an insight into the history of Latvian courts.

As usual, the Bulletin contains extensive information about the work of the Supreme Court and the Judicial Council, the experience gained during the business trips of senators and employees, as well as an insight into the important legal issues that the Senate has resolved this year.

"Bulletin of the Supreme Court" has been published twice a year since 2010. It will be received by Latvian courts and other institutions of the judicial system, libraries, and law faculties of universities. The latest issue is still being printed in the printing office, but it is already available electronically on the Court's website.

 

Information prepared by

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

E-mail: rasma.zvejniece@at.gov.lv, telephone: +371 67020396, +371 28652211