The Supreme Court has announced an open competition for the office of a judge of the Department of Administrative Cases, and the deadline to apply is 15 December.   

In accordance with the law “On Judicial Power”, only Latvian citizen –highly-qualified and fair-minded lawyer – may become a judge.  

To the office of a judge of the Supreme Court, may apply a judge of a district (city) court or a judge of a regional court, who has at least ten years total length of service in the office of a judge, or a judge approved to office with an unlimited term of office, who holds a degree of Master in Law or Doctor in Law.  To the office of a judge of the Supreme Court may apply also a person who has not less than fifteen years total length of service in a position as an academic personnel in law at an institution of higher education, a sworn advocate or a prosecutor, and a person, who had held an office of a judge of the Constitutional Court, a judge of an international court or a judge of the supranational court.  

The candidate must be of at least 40 years and with good reputation.

In competition, candidates to the office of a judge will be evaluation in accordance with Regulation on Open Competition for Selection of Candidates to the Office of a Judge of the Supreme Court, which is approved by the Council for the Judiciary.  

Announcement including requirements to candidates and application terms is published on the web site of the Supreme Court, courts’ web site and official gazette “Latvijas Vēstnesis”.

There is need for a new judge in the Department of Administrative Cases because number of judges of the department has been increased to ten judges as from 1 January. The Council for the Judiciary, upon recommendation of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, redistributed number of judges in structural units of the Court, increasing number of judges in the Department of Administrative Cases per one judge, and reducing number of judges in the Chamber of Civil Cases.  

Increase of number of judges in the Department of Administrative Cases is necessary due to increase of work load of the department because of enlargement of number of received cases and amendments to the administrative procedure. The authority of the department is extended, for example, by increasing number of cases, which are appealed by filing an ancillary complaint, thus coming from the Administrative district court directly to the Department of Administrative Cases, not being heard by the regional court. Workload has also increased because of new procedure introduced in the Administrative Procedure Law, namely, that decision on progression of the cassation complaints and ancillary complaints is adopted by the judges of the Department, instead of the appellate instance court, as it had been previously.  

 

 

Information prepared by

Rasma Zvejniece, the Head of the Division of Communication of the Supreme Court

E-mail: rasma.zvejniece@at.gov.lv, telephone: 67020396, 28652211