The Plenary Session

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The Plenary Session is the assembly of all Judges of the Supreme Court.

Judges Emeritus of the Supreme Court and the regional court judges, replacing the Judges of the Supreme Court, may participate in the Plenary Session, without the right to vote. The Prosecutor General of the Republic of Latvia is also entitled to participate in the work of the Plenary Session and to express his opinion on issues on the agenda.

Authority of the Plenary Session is regulated by Section 49 of the law "On Judicial Power" and the Plenary Session Manual.

The Plenary Session is convened by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court by his/her initiative, or by that of the department or the chamber.    

The Plenary Sessions are open. If the Plenary deems it necessary, particular issues may be reviewed in a closed sitting. The sittings, during which the issue of revoking the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court or the Prosecutor General is discussed, are closed.

A Plenary Session has a quorum if two-thirds of judges of the Supreme Court who have been confirmed and have given an oath according to the law, are present. Judges must wear their robes and judicial insignia when participating in a Plenary Session.

The Plenary Session elects from among the Judges the Secretary of the Plenary Session for the term of three years. The secretary of the Plenary Session develops drafts of agendas and decisions of the Plenary Session, compiles proposals suggested, counts votes in open vote and processes minute of the Plenary Session.