In the collection of rulings of the Department of Criminal Cases of the Senate of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Latvia that has been just published, there have been summarized 103 rulings of the Department of Criminal Cases of the Senate, accepted in year 2008, that in opinion of senators of the department, might become useful not only for practising lawyers, but also for coteries, who study criminal law and criminal process.

Part of rulings is also published in the home page of the Supreme Court www.at.gov.lv, but in the collection there have been published more rulings, in order to give more perfect concept aboput cases that had been reviewed in the Department of Criminal Cases of the Senate in year 2008 and conclusions, expressed in rulings.

Rulings published are traditionally dividided in three sections: „Rulings about questions of application of General Section of Criminal Law”, „Rulings about questions of application of Special Section of Criminal Law” and „Rulings about questions of application of Criminal Procedure Law”. In addition, there have been added different indices: Alphabetical Index of concepts, Index of legislation, Index of theses, Index of Judicature and Case-law, Index of other sources, Index of ruling published by the number of the case.

In each ruling it is possible to notice also features of perfection of law. Available and clear case-law, analysis of problematic questions and interpretation of standards, given by the court of cassation, is essential tool for creation of uniform case-law and provision of development of law. The Chair of the Department of Criminal Cases of the Senate Pavels Gruzins mentions that uniform application of standards is an element of judicial stability, thus the Department of Criminal Cases tries to turn the attention in its practice, so that such practice has been provided. At the same time it has been indicated that as from July 1, 2009, voluminous amendments and additions of Criminal Procedure Law came into force, so in several questions case-law and conclusions, expressed within it, might change in the future.

The Collection has been prepared for publishing by the senator of the Department of Criminal Cases of the Senate Peteris Dzalbe and adviser of criminal cases of the Department of the Case-law Nora Magone.

The collection has been published by Court House Agency in small edition. The price of it is Ls 23,50.

Information prepared by

Head of the Division of Communications of the Supreme Court Rasma Zvejniece

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