Last year, the Senate reviewed 2945 cases, which is 12% more cases than received during the year. The positive case review rate*, which is higher than in the previous year, indicates that the backlog of cases in the Senate is decreasing.

At the beginning of 2020, there were 1641 pending cases in the Senate, 2639 cases were received during the year. At the end of the year, 1335 cases were pending.

The Department of Civil Cases has reduced the pending cases by 35%. It is the highest rate among the Departments. The reduction was successful, although the number of cases received is higher than in the previous year. The department has examined 1355 cases, which is 147 cases more than in the previous year. Case review rate is 120%. At the end of the year, 421 cases were pending.

In 2020, the Department of Administrative Cases received less cases than in the previous year and it has a positive case review rate – 826 cases were received, 940 cases were reviewed. Consequently, the backlog of cases in the Department has also decreased by 13%.

The accumulation of cases in the Department of Criminal Cases has increased by 36 cases. Last year, a third of the senators in the Department changed, and they worked on large-scale cases, such as the case of digital television. Consequently, the number of cases examined (650 cases) was lower than in the previous year. However, the fact that the number of cases received has decreased and the Department is working in its full composition allows us to forecast a decrease in the backlog of cases this year.

On January 22, the Plenary Session of the annual report of the Supreme Court will take place, in which the work of the Senate in 2020 will be analyzed.

* The case review rate is the ratio of the number of cases reviewed in the respective period to the number of cases received. If the rate is above 100%, then at least as many cases are considered as received, if the coefficient is less than 100% then a backlog is formed. Such rates are used for comparative calculations by the Council of Europe Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ).


Information prepared by

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

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