The Department of Criminal Cases was established on October 3, 1995.
Anita POĻAKOVA is the Chair of the Department of Criminal Cases.
- Anita Poļakova graduated from the Faculty of Law of the University of Latvia in 1988.
- She was elected the Chair of the Department of Criminal Cases of the Senate in 2020. She has been a judge of the Supreme Court since 2007.
- Prior to that, she was a prosecutor of the Criminal Cases Division under Court Examination of the Prosecutor's Office of the Republic of Latvia, a prosecutor of the Criminal Law Department of the Prosecutor's General Office, a sworn advocate, and a judge of the Riga Regional Court in 1999–2007.
- She has been a member of the Disciplinary Court since 2015.
The Department of Criminal Cases consists of the chair and seven senators and one acting senator for a fixed period of time.
Each seantor in the Department of Criminal Cases has a personal assistant.
Four legal research counsels and a consultant also work in the Department.
Office work of the Department is ensured by the Chancery of the Supreme Court.
See information about authority and proceedings in the Department of Criminal Cases here.