Observing the fact that the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe elected Martins Mits, the associated professor of Riga Graduate School of Law to the office of a judge of the European Court of Human Rights, on 19 January the Cabinet of Ministers struck him out of the list of ad hoc judges proposed by Latvia.  To avoid possible conflict of interests or doubts regarding fair adjudication of cases against Latvia, his spouse – Dace Mita, the judge of the Supreme Court, was also excluded from the list of ad hoc judges.  

Instead of them, the government included Arturs Kucs and Daiga Rezevska in the list of ad hoc judges, and the status has been continued in respect of Jautrite Briede, Kristine Kruma and Ineta Ziemele.

In accordance with the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms and Rules of the Court, the Contracting Party must submit list containing three to five ad hoc judges, and the President of the Court may choose the ad hoc judge for adjudication of particular case, if the office of a judge elected in respect of this state is vacant, or the judge may not participate in adjudication of the case.

Jautrite Briede and Dace Mita, judges of the Department of Administrative Cases of the Supreme Court, had been included in the list of ad hoc judges since 2012.

 

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