Judges of the Supreme Court in February 2017
First row from left: Aija Branta, Anita Nusberga, Edite Vernusa, Veronika Krumina, Ivars Bickovics, Peteris Dzalbe, Ilze Skultane, Rudite Vidusa, Vesma Kakste, Dzintra Amerika. Second row: Andris Gulans, Ieva Viskere, Inta Lauka, Marite Zagere, Anda Vitola, Inara Garda, Marika Senkane, Vanda Cirule, Anita Polakova, Jautrite Briede, Lubova Kusnire, Zane Petersone, Livija Slica, Valerijs Maksimovs. Third row: Aigars Strupiss, Peteris Opincans, Intars Bisters, Anda Briede, Inguna Radzevica, Anita Cernavska, Voldemars Cizevskis, Arturs Freibergs, Valerijans Jonikans, Aivars Keiss, Janis Neimanis
The Judges of the Supreme Court ensure the basic function of the Supreme Court – the hearing of civil, criminal and administrative cases at the highest instance.
The total number of Supreme Court Judges is set by theSaeima, upon recommendation of the Council for the Judiciary, and the number of Judges in departments is set by the Council for the Judiciary, upon proposal of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.
As from 2017, the number of the Supreme Court Judges approved by the Saeima is 36 Judges. The decision of the Council for the Judiciary stipulates that there shall be 17 judges in the Department of Civil Cases, 8 judges in the Department of Criminal Cases, and 10 judges in the Department of Administrative Cases.
Only Latvian citizens, highly qualified and fair-minded lawyers may work as judges. A person may become a Judge of the Supreme Court after reaching the age of 40. The candidates for the judge’s office are selected in an open competition.
A candidate for the office of Judge of the Supreme Court may be:
A Supreme Court Judge is confirmed in the office by the Saeima, upon proposal of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, for an unlimited term. The maximum age for serving as a Judge of the Supreme Court is 70 years.
The Judge has the civil rights and freedoms defined in the Constitution and other laws of the Republic of Latvia, which the Judge exercises so as not to hurt the respect and honour of the court and the Judge, judicial impartiality and independence. Judges may unite in organisations that safeguard their independence, promote development of their professional qualification, protect their rights and interests; however, the office of judge is incompatible with membership in political parties and political organisations. The judge is prohibited to go on strike.
Obligations of a Judge
The Supreme Court of the Republic of Latvia
Brivibas bulvaris 36,
Riga, LV – 1511