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Historical case-law (until 1940)

The collection of digitized materials Insight into documents of the Senate of Latvia 1919 – 1940 includes materials form the Latvian State Historic Archives’ fund No 1536 “The Senate of Latvia”.

It is a small part of the fund materials, that reflects the work of the Senate of Latvia (cassation instance) in 1918-1940.

In 2016 on the initiative of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Latvia a part of the documents of the Office of Senate’s rulings were digitized – 3500 pages of archive documents, and in 2018 – the journals of the sessions of the General Assembly of the Senate of Latvia are digitized.

On the website of digitized materials, the journals of sessions and assignment hearings of Senate’s General Assembly from 1919 to 1940 are available (except years 1936, 1937 and 1938, which have not been found in the archives).

In its turn, the section of the Office of Senate’s rulings contains materials gathered from the 1939 to the end of 1940.

The content of digital Latvian State Historic Archives (LVVA) is created to provide a clear insight into published documents.  

Findings in rulings of the Senate are arranged according to different normative acts.

In the top right corner, there are keywords related to findings; on the left side there are two types of indications marked with a red pencil – C. (quote) - specific finding is a quote taken from the ruling, p. (reshuffle) – word order of the thesis of the ruling has been reshuffled without changing the essence of the sentence. The aim of such marks is to give user an opportunity to determine whether the text of a finding totally or nearly coincides with the text of the ruling, or a finding contains free retelling of thoughts expressed in a ruling, so in order to stand out, third designation "a" (retelling) is blue.

References to archive materials are formed by the principle: LVVA 1535. f. 8. apr. 75. lieta, 6. lp. and 6. op.

The digitized content provides insight into the beginnings of application of the 1937 Civil Law as well as into continuity of provisions of Civil Law 1864, the benchmark of which is found here.


Information on creating a collection of digitized materials:

16.03.2016. Set of documents of the Senate of Latvia digitalised by the National Archives of Latvia will be presented in the Supreme Court

11.06.2018. Registers of the sessions and assignment hearings of the General Assembly of the Senate are digitized