Work continues on drunk driving bill
Minister of Justice Urmas Reinsalu (IRL) said in front of the Riigikogu yesterday that even though drivers caught drunk behind the wheel on multiple occasions can be sentenced to jail today, courts tend to favor conditional sentences, which is why a change of criminal policy is needed.
12.01.2017, Tiina KaukverePM
Governor of Central Tallinn borough to quit after conviction becomes final
The governor of the borough of Central Tallinn, Alar Naame, is about to tender his resignation now that a court's verdict finding him guilty of embezzlement has taken effect.
Government scored half a victory in administrative reform case
Yesterday’s Supreme Court ruling definitely showed the green light for the forced merger of municipalities, but on the other hand this complicates the merger of municipalities based purely on the minimum limit of 5,000 residents.
21.12.2016, Nils NiitraPM
Self-styled chiropractic repeatedly injured infant
The Supreme Court has convicted self-styled chiropractic Vladimir Hitrov who severely injured his partner's baby boy in the course of exercising. The man justified his actions through intent to have the boy grow up to be a real man, not a little girl.
25.11.2016, Hanneli RudiPM
Russian ex-minister takes entry ban to Estonia's top court
Russia's former nationalities minister Valery Tishkov who was prohibited from entering Estonia two years ago has contested the Tallinn circuit court's decision which deemed his entry ban lawful in the Supreme Court of Estonia.
Ljudmilla Jantsenko takes over as acting mayor of Kohtla-Jarve
Jevgeni Solovjov, whose conviction for graft has become final, stopped serving in the position of mayor of Kohtla-Jarve on Tuesday and under the city's bylaws the duties are performed in an ad-interim capacity by Deputy Mayor Ljudmilla Jantsenko, regional newspaper Pohjarannik said.
Kohtla-Jarve mayor to be recalled after sentence becomes final
Jevgeni Solovjov, mayor of the northeast Estonian industrial city of Kohtla-Jarve whose conviction of a corruption offense became final on Monday, is set to leave the office of mayor.
Administrative reform fate slipping into Supreme Court hands
According to thorough legal analysis completed last week the administrative reform violates constitutional rights of local governments in several issues. If Supreme Court sides with the local governments who ordered the analysis, part of the law is likely to be annulled and the reform will not be fully carried out.
15.08.2016, Oliver KundPM
Decision to extradite Ukrainian separatist takes effect
The extradition of Estonian citizen Vladimir Poljakov to Ukraine who is suspected of fighting in the ranks of separatists in eastern Ukraine took effect on Friday as the Estonian Supreme Court did not accept his cassation.
Two chair bill will produce retarded policy
Tomorrow is second Riigikogu reading for draft act allowing parliament members to also sit on local councils. Former Chancellor of Justice Allar Jõks fought it back then and is fighting it now, claiming the descent of Riigikogu people upon councils is a sign of shortage of party cadres and will hinder development.
09.05.2016, Tuuli KochPM
Fraudster, saint or two-faced Janus?
Court verdicts say that the businessman Raivo Paala is a hardened veteran fraudster who has tried to cheat the state with hundreds of millions of euros. Meanwhile, Mr Paala has this other face of an uncompromising fighter for human rights.
14.04.2016, Nils NiitraPM
Creditor Marcel Vichmann: God knows what Norberg arranged over there
Sunday night, TV news broadcast «Aktuaalne kaamera» unveiled the first name of an Estonian mentioned in the Panama Papers: Kalle Norberg, who provided services to many a super rich in Estonia and ended up in debt.
12.04.2016, Joosep VärkPM
Editorial: Croesus coming back
In 6th century BC, Croesus the king over Lydia located where we now have Turkey minted the initial coins from precious metals and sent these into regulated use. A pioneer. Also a pioneering endeavour has been the e-money named Bitcoin abundantly use to lure and to scare, and a subject of deep discussions as well as incomprehension. No revolution created in world finances, though, while the so-called cryptocurrency definitely plays a part in economy.
Supreme Court subjects Bitcoins trade to money laundering rules
Yesterday's verdict put an end to longstanding doubts whether trades with the cyber money should be treated as economic activity requiring special permit or not – in a landmark stand, Supreme Court declared mediation of Bitcoins an economic activity subject to anti-money-laundering supervision.
12.04.2016, Aivar PauPM
Elderly stuck in wards with mentally ill and dangerous
Due to lapses in Estonian law, demented elderly and alcoholics find themselves sharing wards with aggressive and dangerous schizophrenics and the like.
01.03.2016, Martin LainePM
New plan: recordings of future parliament committee sessions to be destroyed
Riigikogu Constitutional Committee has made a U-turn regarding preservation of recordings of parliamentary committee sessions, concluding that the recordings are but support material to be destroyed as soon as minutes have been made.
15.02.2016, Karin KangroPM
Rigid law obstructs humane approach
Police and Border Guard Board (PPA) deputy director-general Priit Pärkna says migration office has been at pains to find a way to remain in Estonia for the Albanian family successfully adapted. Even so, the officials are now looking to lawgivers as humane decisions are hindered by stiffness of current law.
11.02.2016, Tiina KaukverePM
Estonian ship guards imprisoned in India decide to appeal
Estonian ship guards who were on Jan. 11 sentenced to prison for five years in India have decided to appeal the decision and at the same time submit a request to be released for bail, the Estonian Foreign Ministry said.
Ukrainian separatist appeals extradition decision in European human rights court
Estonian citizen Vladimir Poljakov, who the Estonian government in December decided to extradite to Ukraine because he allegedly fought in the ranks of separatists in eastern Ukraine, has submitted a notice of appeal to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), Interfax reports.
Lifelong prisoner beats Estonia in European Court of Human Rights
Jailed for life after killing a policeman, Romeo Kalda defeated Estonian state in European Court of Human Rights regarding internet use dispute.
20.01.2016, Andres EinmannPM
Ukraine, UK, Estonia to mull Indian court's verdict on ship guards
Ukrainian diplomats intend to discuss with British and Estonian colleagues the verdict passed by an Indian court on crew and maritime guards of the Seaman Guard Ohio, Yevhen Ignatovsky from the consular service department of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday.
Estonia's top court upholds Savisaar's suspension from office
The ruling of the first tier Harju county court to exclude leader of the Center Party Edgar Savisaar from the office of mayor of Tallinn in connection with his being a suspect in a corruption investigation, upheld by the Tallinn Circuit Court in October, has been cleared also by the Supreme Court, which has refused to handle an appeal by Savisaar's lawyer Oliver Naas.
Conviction of Center Party's Toobal, Laasi becomes final
The conviction of Center Party members Priit Toobal and Lauri Laasi who were found guilty of several criminal offenses in lower level courts became final by Friday's ruling of the Supreme Court.
Editorial: political ploy presented as protection of rights
As Centre chairman Edgar Savisaar waives court action against Postimees and journalist Tuuli Koch in the so-called agent of influence case, the accompanying arguments raise the issue of why he sued in the first place.
Priit Toobal quits as MP
Priit Toobal, secretary general of the opposition Center Party, said on Wednesday he is resigning as member of the parliament before the Supreme Court announces its verdict on an appeal filed by him and other defendants found quilty of instigation to illegal surveillance and other offenses by lower level courts.
Prime Minister threatened: revenge is not in words
Recently prohibited from departing from his residence, in the Bronze Night of 2007 Martin Kattai (31) was among the angry young men who as IRL members were mentally «ganging up» against Russians with youth organisations in other political parties.
11.11.2015, Tuuli KochPM
Estonia's justice chancellor says mandate doesn't exempt anyone from liability
All people are equal before the law and a mandate received in elections does not exempt anyone from responsibility, Estonia's Chancellor of Justice Ulle Madise said in her opinion concerning the exclusion of Edgar Savisaar from the office of mayor of Tallinn.
Estonian appeals court upholds Savisaar's suspension from office
The Tallinn Circuit Court on Friday upheld the ruling of a first tier court to exclude leader of the Center Party Edgar Savisaar from the office of mayor of Tallinn in connection with his being a suspect in a corruption investigation.
Reasons why Ms and Mr Rosimannus were spared from scrutiny
Postimees delved deep into reasons why outwardly vital criminal investigations were omitted in Autorollo bankruptcy case such as link the incident to top politicians at Reform Party.
21.10.2015, Risto BerendsonPM
Taxman takes ax to «acting OÜ»
Tax Board id targeting the enterprises which pretend to offer services while actually working for other business for wages.
13.10.2015, Marge TubalkainPM
Estonia under threat of forced aid to Greece
Though approved by Riigikogu's European Union Affairs Affairs Committee last Friday, financial aid for Greece within European Stability Mechanism (ESM) could just as well be forced upon us, say experts - and that in volumes prescribed by other members.
23.07.2015, Indrek MäePM
Court verdict becomes final for Estonia's 41st convict sentenced to life
The stepping into force on Wednesday of the life sentence handed down to Oleg Pitjukov by a court in the southwestern resort town Parnu for murder and causing of serious physical harm in January brings the number of convicts serving a life sentence in Estonian jails to 41.
Editorial: Game of «Thrones»
In the supposedly still summer, important posts are stirring passions. With candidates abounding and procedures prescribed, intriguing interludes just cannot seem to go missing.
Estonian Supreme Court finds Tsastsin, fellow defendants in Ghost Click case guilty
The Estonian Supreme Court on Monday found computer specialist Vladimir Tsastsin accused of employing illegal computer software to make a windfall of cash and his fellow defendants guilty.
Estonian news outlet Delfi loses comments debate in European court
The European Court of Human Rights on Tuesday announced a long-awaited Grand Chamber judgment in the comments debate between Delfi and the Estonian state, which found that the internet news portal was liable for the offensive comments posted by its readers.
Editorial: Big Booze Blues
Thus wrote Postimees, in February 1916: the czarist state is setting certain sorts of restrictions on the production of vodka. «Among other things, no new vodka factories are allowed to be built.» In August, same year, we wrote about vodka-making being banned country-wide, as well as sales of the stuff in pubs and eateries, till end of war.
Liviko and shops judged guilty in vodka price fixing
Yesterday at Harju County Court, first chapter was closed in vodka cartel saga featuring Liviko and all major retail chains in Estonia – the factory as instigator, the sellers as accomplices agreeing with the deal.
30.04.2015, Kadri HansaluPM
Supreme Court of India ends debate in Estonian ship guards' case
The Supreme Court of India on Tuesday ended the debate in the case of the 14 Estonian maritime guards held in India since October 2013 after hearing the arguments of their defense and is expected to pronounce its judgement soon.
India's top court holds first hearing in Estonian ship guards' case
The Supreme Court of India on Friday held the first hearing in the case of the 14 Estonian maritime guards held in India since October 2013, but the court did not make a decision and the next hearing is to take place in April.
«Psychology professor» exposed as paedophile
A foreigner, posing as internationally recognised professor of psychology, sexually abused his child a few years old. Convicted in circuit court by now, the case has reached Supreme Court.
10.04.2015, Nils NiitraPM
Another Estonian court finds Toobal, Laasi guilty
Estonia's Tallinn circuit court on Tuesday found MPs Lauri Laasi and Priit Toobal as well as the Center Party guilty of several offenses, including unauthorized surveillance, but the defendants have decided to take the case to the Supreme Court.
Entrepreneurs increasingly eager to challenge public procurements
Last year, entrepreneurs contested public procurements, vital for their income, by a fifth more than in 2013 – resembling the explosive growth of challenges during financial crisis.
24.03.2015, Andres ReimerPM
Committee to announce election result Monday
The National Election Committee will on Monday register members of the new Estonian parliament and officially announce the result of the March 1 parliamentary election.
Estonian Supreme Court receives 16 complaints re parlt elections
A total of 16 complaints were submitted to the Estonian Supreme Court after the March 1 general elections.
Speaker sees no need to store parliamentary gibberish
All future audio recordings of discussions at Riigikogu committees may be destroyed. According to the soc dem President of the Riigikogu Eiki Nestor, this is a good idea as the committees contain gibberish unworthy of preservation. If ratified, the new law will enter into force as of March 1st. Meaning: all talk at future Riigikogu committees will be destroyed once the mandate is over.
15.01.2015, Marian MänniPM
Tallinn defeats Estonia in trash battle
Yesterday, by Supreme Court ruling, a Waste Act amendment entered into force – one allowing everyone to select a trash carrier while prohibiting local governments from setting their ASBLs as intermediaries for services.
08.01.2015, Andres ReimerPM
Estonian local govts lose right to appoint waste handler
Estonia's top court has decided that the Waste Act amendment which strips local self-governments and their nonprofit associations of the right to be the sole waste handler on the territory of the local authority is legal, but self-governments retain the right to designate the waste management facility.
Estonian fugitive Galojan appeals extradition ruling in UK top court
Anna-Maria Galojan, a former Estonian NGO leader sentenced to jail for embezzlement, appealed the decision made by a British court in November to extradite her to Estonia.
Editorial: hard potatoes and court overloads
A year ago, European Court of Human Rights happened to satisfy appeal by inmate against Estonian state. A drug lab manager was distressed by lack of sporting options behind bars. After that, complaints by prisoners snowballed to exceed appeals to Tartu Administrative Court by people at liberty – 1,100 out of 1,800 filed from jail. The said court is suffering the worst, located in region of the major prisons.
State seeking solution to cut serial complaining
Justice ministry law policy vice chancellor Kai Härmand says they are seeking solutions to deal with avalanche of appeals by inmates.
11.12.2014, Nils NiitraPM
Fresh foreign minister casts Rõivas as long term top squirrel
After two weeks as foreign minister, Keit Pentus-Rosimannus (Reform Party) promises to keep reminding her Western colleagues about the security police officer Eston Kohver case and hopes the Estonian ship guards held in India will be back home pretty soon.
03.12.2014, Tuuli KochPM
Cop complains about kick by boss
New standard set at solving differences on the job: a policeman just thoroughly demoted during reforms tells internal audit his new superior kicked and verbally abused him at exercises. The kick was a reality, but this week prosecutor’s office closed the case due to lack of necessary elements of criminal offence.
28.11.2014, Risto BerendsonPM
Court confesses state inability to arrange father meet child
On Friday, Tallinn Administrative Court enforced State Liability Act to sue justice ministry for €7,500 to compensate a man as for three years the state has proven unable to enforce the fulfilment of a court decision – enabling the father to meet his son.
25.11.2014, Andres EinmannPM
Savisaar defeated in court after contesting influence agent article
Yesterday, Tallinn District Court rejected complaint by Centre Party chairman Edgar Savisaar against Postimees for publishing in 2010 the assessment by Estonian Security Police describing Mr Savisaar as agent of influence for Russia and a threat to security of Estonian state.
31.10.2014, Karin KangroPM
The United States and Estonia - NATO Allies and Global Partners
President Obama met with Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves and Estonian Prime Minister Tavi Roivas in Tallinn, Estonia on September 3. The visit reinforced the close ties between the United States and Estonia, which are rooted in our shared values, ideals, and interests.
04.09.2014, The White House, Office of the Press SecretaryPM
State legal aid providers encounter emptiness of pockets
Bar Association says it’s running out of this year’s state legal assistance money – by October. Justice minister Andres Anvelt thinks this is because BA does a poor job managing the funds and orders cuts to lawyers’ hourly fees.
12.08.2014, Oliver KundPM
Rask: Supreme Court justices bend to no pressure
Märt Rask (63), sworn lawyer, former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and one-time minister of justice, says in an interview that the land exchange court case ought to be viewed as a multi layer pie – one that can’t be cut through with just one bite. In his estimation, this will be remembered as a milestone even thirty years from now.
14.07.2014, Argo IdeonPM
President strips three of decorations
Ester Tuiksoo and Kalev Kangur, decisively guilty in accepting of gratuities in the land exchange criminal case, and Toomas Annus as convicted for granting of gratuities, will lose honorary decorations earned years ago.
Editorial: crisis of trust to ease?
Yesterday, President Toomas Hendrik Ilves decided to remove decorations from former agriculture minister Ester Tuiksoo, then Land Board head Kalev Kangur and entrepreneur Toomas Annus – all convicted in the land exchange court case. The fourth decorated one judged guilty, Villu Reiljan, had to hand his over in 2010 already, as conclusively convicted at Supreme Court in gratuities-related offences regarding Rävala real estate affair.
Land exchange court saga finds final solution
Yesterday, the accused in land-exchange court case were declared guilty by Criminal Chamber of the Supreme Court not in giving and accepting bribes but in giving and accepting gratuities, the punishments imposed by Circuit Court remaining unaltered. As an exception, criminal case was closed regarding Einar Vettus, due to lapse of reasonable time for performing the procedure.
01.07.2014, Karin KangroPM
Defying critics, temporary pharmacy limit destined to come
New pharmacies order is urgently needed, by June. According to Chancellor of Justice, however, transition period with limits is unconstitutional.
14.05.2014, Karin KangroPM
Pharmacies face prescription of temporary stricture
Today, social commission of the Riigikogu sits down to decide whether to impose temporary regulations for 1.5 years following the removal of limitations to opening new pharmacies, so as to curb mass establishing of pharmacies in towns and closure of those in the countryside.
08.05.2014, Karin KangroPM
Russia riding new avenues of impact
According to Internal Security Service (ISS, Kapo), local Russian minority mentality is not conducive to letting provocateurs foment an atmosphere of conflict.
15.04.2014, Oliver KundPM
Kindergarten queue can’t drag forever
Supreme Court never explained what’s the reasonable waiting time for a place in kindergarten. Even so, they don’t think one can demand it by next morning.
07.04.2014, Nils NiitraPM
Sitting on two chairs, again
Unlike his predecessor Allar Jõks the current Chancellor of Justice Indrek Teder cannot be expected to stand, in principle, against Riigikogu members taking a seat at local councils.
03.04.2014, Argo IdeonPM
Editorial: blessed are the pure in heart
Who can touch the innocent. And should somebody try, in a state based on the rule of law protection is at hand. By that, we could sum up the whole issue around immunity of parliamentarians.
State sentenced to return millions
Supreme Court decision to declare sharp rise in environmental fees unconstitutional, null and void hits state coffers hard.
17.12.2013, Risto BerendsonPM
Editorial: medicine retail needs injection of ideas
By Supreme Court decision, limits on establishing pharmacies are hereby unconstitutional. In other words, the debate raised by Chancellor of Justice regarding the eight-years-old clause in Medicinal Products Act, is finally over. Even so, the judgement by topmost court is far from the solution; rather, this provides basis for regulating the field. So: get to work, Riigikogu!
Supreme Court cancels limit on opening pharmacies
Supreme Court decision, yesterday, to declare the current limit on establishing pharmacies (Medicinal Products Act § 42¹ subsection 1–3) as contradictory to constitution is a victory for Chancellor of Justice Indrek Teder and a defeat for Estonian Pharmacists Association, Estonian Pharmacists Union, and medicine wholesalers – these three interest groups have most forcefully fought against cancellation of the limits.
10.12.2013, Mikk SaluPM
It's difficult to demand quality when judges are in short supply - Estonian top court
Even though the number of cases referred to courts in Estonia has declined over the past year, courts are plagued by a chronic shortage of judges and under these circumstances it's difficult to expect that the quality of judgments passed in the first tier will improve, chairman of the Supreme Court Märt Rask said in his end-of term speech before parliament.
Person of the week: Priit Pikamäe, new Supreme Court chief
Right now, Estonia abounds with festive occasions. Last week, Popular Front celebrated its 25th birthday. Last year, it was 20 years since regained independence. Many such jubilees are up for state agencies, political movements, even private enterprises. Also, Estonia currently has 380,000 persons i.e. close to third of population, who were born in 1988 or later. Adding those still kids in Soviet times, we get the amount of those whose only experience in life is Republic of Estonia.
15.04.2013, Aivar ReinapPM
Estonian top court chief: parliament unwilling to develop independent judicial power
Chief justice of Estonia's Supreme Court Märt Rask finds that movement towards a uniform court system has considerably slowed down and the judiciary's readiness to take responsibility for the prescribed functioning of the administration of justice is modest whereas politicians are unwilling to develop an independent and autonomous judicial power.