The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court has called on to the chairs of several courts to ensure the administration of length of court proceedings and to inform the Judicial Council about the reasons for lengthy proceedings in criminal cases where proceedings at first instance take place for five years or more.

In early February, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Aigars Strupiss raised the issue of criminal cases in which proceedings take a long time, when meeting with the chairs of regional courts and district (city) courts and discussing the observance of the principle of priority of cases regarding public officials as provided in the Criminal Procedure Law.

The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court had received from the Prosecutor General a list of protracted cases which, in the opinion of the Prosecutor's Office, should be given priority. Examining the indicated cases, it was established that many of them are not cases of public officials, for the examination of which the law provides priority. At the same time, it was found that in a number of cases the objective reasons for the lengthy proceedings did not appear to be apparent. The list of these cases has been sent by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court to the chairs of respective courts, who, in accordance with the law “On Judicial Power”, have to monitor the time limits for legal proceedings.

These are two cases in Riga City Latgale District Court, nine cases in Riga City Vidzeme District Court, one case in Daugavpils Court and one case in Riga Regional Court.



Information prepared by

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

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