As from January 1, Marika Senkane, the judge of the Chamber of Civil Cases is appointed to the office of a judge of the Department of Civil Cases of the Supreme Court, and Anita Polakova and Aija Branta, judges of the Chamber of Criminal Cases, are appointed to the office of a judge of the Department of Criminal Cases.  

Decision on appointment of judges to offices of judges of cassation instance was adopted by general meeting of judges of respective department.

Marika Senkane has worked as a judge for eighteen years – she had been a judge of Riga city Kurzeme district court, Riga regional court, since 2008 – the judge of the Chamber of Civil Cases of the Supreme Court. Marika Senkane has Master’s degree in law. She has been a member of the Judicial Ethics’ Commission since the commission was established in 2010.  

Aija Branta has 30 years of experience in judge’s office – she started work in Tukums district court, in 1992 – elected to the office of a judge of the Supreme Court, in 2004 – elected to the office of a judge of the Constitutional Court; she had been the deputy President and the President of the Constitutional Court, upon expiry of term of office, in 2014 she returned to the office of a judge of the Supreme Court. The judge has Master’s degree in law. Aija Branta has been representative of Latvia in the European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ) and Consultative Council of European Judges (CCJE).

Anita Polakova has worked in system of justice since 1988 – she has been a prosecutor and a sworn advocate, and a judge since 1999 – in Riga regional court, since 2007 – in theChamber of Criminal Cases of the Supreme Court.  

With decision of 12 June 2014, the Saeima (Parliament) stated that as from 1 January 2015, when the first stage of reorganisation of the Supreme Court ends and the Chamber of Criminal Cases discontinues its existence, number of judges of the Supreme Court shall be 48 judges. In accordance with the decision of the Council for the Judiciary composition o f cassation instance in its turn has been expanded, stating that there are 35 judges in departments of the Supreme Court, and 13 judges – in appellate instance, namely, in the Chamber of Civil Cases.  

 

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