One of the basic functions of the Supreme Court, which is stipulated in the Section 28.6, Paragraphs Four and Five, of the law “On Judicial Power”, is development of uniform case-law. Enforcement of this task is the goal of the Division of Case-law and Research.
Functions of the Division:
- In cooperation with judges of the Supreme Court and invited experts, to summarize and study case-law on topical legal issues;
- To prepare summaries, compilations and information materials including conclusions and recommendations in development of uniform case-law;
- To select and systematize rulings of departments of the Supreme Court of legal interest;
- To select case-law theses and to improve case-law database;
- To elaborate studies on solutions of particular problems in field of the European Union law and international law, case-law of international courts, or laws and case-law of other countries;
- To ensure training of judges on summarized case-law.
Additional tasks of the Division:
- To anonymize rulings of departments before publishing;
- To sum up statistics of the Supreme Court and to prepare statistical reports;
- To improve and maintain the reading-room of the Supreme Court.
The Division of Case-law and Research does not provide individual consultations.
Information on availability of rulings see in section For visitors/ Procedure for releasing information. The most topical rulings of departments of the Supreme Court, which were adopted as from 2002, have been, in turn, published on the web site of the Supreme Court in Section Judicature/Archive of case-law decisions. Those are systematised in chronological order. Annual review of case-law classifiers has been published in the Bulletin of the Supreme Court.
Staff of the Division
Head of the Division of Case-law and Research Anita Zikmane
- From 2013 she had been an assistant to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, later – an adviser on EU law issues. Previously, she had been a lawyer in the Court of Justice of the European Union and an assistant to a judge in the Court of First Instance of the Court of European Communities, and the Head of the Department of the Court of European Communities, and the Director of the Department of Civil Law at the Ministry of Justice.
Legal research counsel Reinis Markvarts
- He has been working in the Supreme Court since 2016. Prior to that, he had been working in the Ministry of Culture, in the Ministry of Education and Science, in the University of Latvia, as well as had been working on the periodical "Likums un Tiesibas" ("Law and Rights"), and in the Regional Administrative Court. In 2013 he obtained degree of Doctor of Law in the University of Latvia.
Legal research counsel Ilvija Puce
- She has been working in the Supreme Court since 2020. Ilvija Puce is also a member of the UN Committee against Torture and a consultant to the Council of Europe. She has been a member of the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment for 12 years. Previously worked at the Danish Institute Against Torture (DIGNITY) and the Latvian Centre for Human Rights. She holds a Master of Laws degree (LL.M) and is specialized in International and European Law.
Consultant Kristine Ivulane
- She has been working in the Division of Case-law and Research since beginning of 2017.
Consultant Evita Fridentale
- She has been working in the Division of Case-law and Research since beginning of 2017. From 1996 to 2017 she worked in the Chamber of Civil Cases of the Supreme Court.
Consultant Kaspars Kukmilks
- He has been working in the Division of Case-law and Research since 2017.
Consultant on law application issues Zinaida Indruna
- She has been working in the Supreme Court since 1996. At the beginning she was Senator's Assistant, later – an assistant to the Division of Case-law. Since 2004 she has been participating in producing and annotating the yearbook of judgments of the Department of Civil Cases.
Language consultant Liena Henke
- She has been working in the Division of Case-law and Research since beginning of 2017. Previously she has worked as proof-reader and editor for the official gazette “Latvijas Vestnesis”, also as a proof-reader for the official gazette “Latvijas Vestnesis and as a proof-reader and editor of Publishing House of Yearbook of “Latvijas Vestnesis”.