On December 19, the Supreme Court celebrates the 99th anniversary of the Senate of Latvia and begins the centennial of the foundation of the Senate.

The film tells a story about thirty Latvian senators who laid the foundations for the judicial system of Latvia and fulfilled the duties of the highest court instance – court of cassation – in the first period of the Free State of Latvia from 1918 to 1940.

This is the story of capable lawyers and versatile personalities who with their knowledge and work created the state of Latvia and remained faithful to it even after the loss of independence, both after deportation and working for decades for good of Latvia while being on exile.

Also, an exhibition which is dedicated to the centenary of the Senate will be opened tomorrow at the premises of the Supreme Court.

Successors of the senators and their families have participated in both creating the film and the exhibition, and they are welcome to attend tomorrow's events. As well as the representatives of the municipalities which the first senators came from are invited. During the centennial of the Senate, the Supreme Court plans to present the film in several places which had been significant in the lives of senators.

The members of the Council for the Judiciary, the Constitutional Court judges and district court judges, legal scientists, former judges of the Supreme Court and, of course, judges and employees of the Supreme Court are kindly invited to the premiere of the film.

The Senate of Latvia was a cassation instance in the Latvian judicial system from 1918 to 1940, when the Soviet authorities liquidated it. The centenary of the Senate of Latvia will be celebrated on December 19, 2018. The Supreme Court is the continuator of the work and traditions of the Senate of Latvia. In the restored Supreme Court of the Republic of Latvia the Senate was reinstated as well, and the name of Senate belonged to the cassation instance from 1995 to 2013. Since 2014, with amendments to the Law "On Judicial Power", the name of the Senate from the title of the cassation instance has been deleted; now the cassation instance is the three departments of the Supreme Court.


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