Thursday, 19 January, having evaluated the compliance of decision with the rule of law that was adopted by Judicial Disciplinary Committee and appealed by the judge of district court, the Disciplinary Court partially annulled the decision of the Judicial Disciplinary Committee and amended the disciplinary sanction imposed upon the judge – issuing warning instead of reprimand.

Having examined disciplinary case initiated by the Chair of the Court, the Judicial Disciplinary Committee found that the judge in four cases had not adopted decision within the legal deadlines, and Judicial Disciplinary Committee classified these violations as intentional violation of law in adjudication of cases. In turn, in one case the failure to review request, when the law did not prescribe the deadline, was qualified as breach of duty. For these violations the Judicial Disciplinary Committee had imposed disciplinary sanction upon the judge - a reprimand.

Getting acquainted with the disciplinary case file, having heard the judge, the Deputy Chair of the Courthouse and authorized representative of the Minister of Justice, the Disciplinary Court annulled the decision of the Judicial Disciplinary Committee in part on intentional violation of law in adjudication of two cases, as recognized that in these cases the law had not been violated. Disciplinary proceedings in this part were terminated.

Given that the number of violations for which the judge is called to disciplinary responsibility has decreased, as well as considering the fact that the existing violations have not caused adverse effects for the parties of proceedings, the Disciplinary Court amended the decision of the Judicial Disciplinary Committee in part of imposed disciplinary sanction by imposing disciplinary sanction - warning.

Decision of the Disciplinary Court cannot be appealed.

The full decision will be available on February 16, when it will be published on the website of the Supreme Court.

The Disciplinary Court is convened for evaluation of compliance with rule of law of decisions of Judicial Disciplinary Committee that are appealed by the Supreme Court, for evaluation of compliance with rule of law of appealed negative opinions of the Judicial Qualification Committee, as well as for review of appealed decisions on imposing disciplinary sanction of  the prosecutor general. Disciplinary Court is composed of six judges of the departments of the Supreme Court. 

Information prepared by

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

E-mail: rasma.zvejniece@at.gov.lv, telephone: +371 67020396, +371 28652211