Independence! Endurance! Courage! These are the three basic things the judges wish for the Latvian judicial system in its second centenary. And there are still dozens of other wishes that judges using mobile technologies expressed at the Latvian Judges' Conference. The latest issue of the "Supreme Court Bulletin" includes the materials of the Latvian Judges’ Conference that took place in September. These materials reflect on the centennial of the judiciary and provide insight into future prospects, emphasizing the special role and responsibility of a judge.

As usual, the Bulletin contains extensive information about the Supreme Court and the Council for the Judiciary. Decisions of the Supreme Court’s Plenary Session and decisions of the Council for the Judiciary on conceptual issues of the judiciary, including procedures for the selection of judges, traineeships and qualification examinations are published.

Section on legal thoughts includes information about: judicial dialogue as the guarantor of the rule of law and good practice in administering the Supreme Court by Ivars Bickovics, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court; law lessons at schools given by Veronika Krumina, Chair of the Department of Administrative Cases; root of the problems in combating financial crimes by Peteris Dzalbe, Chair of the Department of Criminal Cases. Opinions of judges Aigars Strupiss and Anita Kovaļevska expressed at the conversation festival "Lampa" on what to do in order to 80% of the population of Latvia would have confidence in the judiciary are also published, as well as recommendations of Anita Zikmane, Head of the Division of Case-law and Research, on how summaries of case-law may be practical support and resource in work of a journalist. In his turn, Aleksandrs Potaicuks, Legal Research Counsel to the Division of Case-law and Research writes about tax law in the framework of human rights and about cross-border decisions taken within the framework of the data protection one-stop shop mechanism.

Section about the judicial practice includes an overview of the most significant cases examined in the departments of the Supreme Court in the first half of 2018, a review of compilations of case-law and information about duties of the court regarding the evaluation of insolvency cases – prepared by the Division of Case-law and Research.

The centenary anniversary of the Senate of Latvia, which will take place in December 2018, is awaited by the Supreme Court, as it organizes many events and does good deeds. These events are also described in latest issue of the Bulletin – commemoration of senators in Cesvaine and Priekuli, digitization of historical materials that are now available to anyone interested, as well as donation of Senator’s Augusts Rumpeters’ collection of legal literature to the Supreme Court Museum. The materials of the international conference “Development Path of Judicial Systems of Baltic States” have also been published, which allows one to look at the historical development of not only the Latvian, but also the Lithuanian and Estonian Supreme Courts.

The "Supreme Court Bulletin" is issued twice a year. It is sent to Latvian courts and other judicial institutions, libraries and legal faculties of higher education institutions. The 17th issue of the Bulletin is electronically available on the court website.

Supreme Court Bulletin No 17 


Information prepared by
Rasma Zvejniece, the Head of the Division of Communication of the Supreme Court
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