The 18th issue of the Supreme Court Bulletin includes a public report on the performance of the Supreme Court in 2018 – characteristics, changes and topicalities of the Supreme Court, statistics and overview given by the chairs of Departments of the Supreme Court and of heads of other structural units and their conclusions regarding past year.

A broad overview of the past year is also given in the section of the case-law: an overview of rulings published on the website of the Supreme Court with case-law findings, as well as case-law findings are added to rulings in which the Senate has changed its case-law. Information on case-law compilations of the Supreme Court is published, giving a broader overview of the summary of civil protection of honor and dignity of a person. Legal research counsels of the Division of Case-law and Research have prepared a report on cases in which Latvia has referred preliminary questions to the Court of Justice of the European Union and on court applications submitted to the Constitutional Court last year, as well as have given an overview of the most significant cases examined in the Senate departments in the second half of 2018.

The section of legal thoughts includes the report of Ivars Bickovics, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, presented by him in Ukraine on the independence of a judge in ensuring the protection of fundamental rights, the report of Gvido Zemibo, first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court after the restoration of independence, presented by him at the Conference dedicated to issues of the Civil Law, reviewing the entry into force of the Civil Procedure Law 20 years ago, as well as the report of Solvita Harbacevica, Head of the Secretariat of the Council for the Judiciary, on the implementation of the state support institution in the Latvian legal system, viewing the issue from terminological aspect, presented by her at the University of Latvia’s Scientific Conference. Dace Sulmane, Adviser to the Secretariat of the Council for the Judiciary, gives an insight into the unique study "Gender and Judging". In their turn, legal research counsels to the Department of Criminal Cases Janis Baumanis and Nora Magone and candidate for the position of a judge Liga Asitoka write about criminal law issues – the role of criminal penalty in determining penalty and certain aspects related to determining penalty, while Zinaida Indruna, Consultant to the Division of Case-law and Research, gives an insight into the historical case law – interpretation of civil law at the General Assembly of the Senate.

The Bulletin also provides an overview of the lessons learned in business trips taken by the Supreme Court judges and employees, an overview of other information about the Supreme Court, as well as a photo report from the closing event of the centenary celebrations of the Senate of Latvia. Also, a comprehensive information on the work of the Council for the Judiciary can be read, as well as the procedure for nomination and appointment of chairs and deputy chairs of district (city) courts and regional courts, as well as chairs of courthouses, and regulation of Judicial Qualification Committee.

The Supreme Court Bulletin is issued twice a year. It is received by Latvian courts and other judicial institutions, libraries and legal faculties of universities.


Information prepared by

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

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