On 24 April, at 10.00 o’clock, the Plenary Session of the Supreme Court is convened, where judges must nominate candidate to the office of the next Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, who must be appointed by the Saeima (Parliament) afterwards. 

Judges of the Supreme Court have nominated two candidates to this office – Ivars Bickovics, the present Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, and Andris Gulans, the judge of the Department of Administrative Cases.  

The Council for the Judiciary has supported nomination of both candidates promoted by judges of the Supreme Court to the office of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. The Plenary Session must decide on one of candidates.

The Plenary Session may adopt a decision if more than 2/3 of total number of judges of the Supreme Court, who are confirmed in the office and gave an oath, participate therein. The Plenary Session adopts a decision in secret ballot by majority of votes of judges present. 

To avoid possible conflict of interests, in accordance with Paragraph One Section 78 of the law “On Judicial Power” and Clause 15 of the Manual of the Plenary Session, the Chief Justice authorised Peteris Dzalbe, the Chair of the Department of Criminal Cases, to chair the Plenary Session of 24 April.  When choosing, whom from among Chairs of departments to authorise to chair the Plenary Session, the Chief Justice observed age of Chairs of departments, their length of service in the office of a judge, and previous experience in the office of the deputy Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.   

Ivars Bickovics has managed the Supreme Court since 2008. However, Andris Gulans had been the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court from 1994 until 2008. In accordance with amendments to the law “On Judicial Power”, term of office of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court will be five years in future, and one person may not hold the office of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court for more than two terms in turn.   

 

The Plenary Session will begin at 10.00 o’clock in Room 146 of the Supreme Court. Plenary Sessions are open, but the session or its part may be announced as closed.

 

 

Information prepared by           

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

E-mail: rasma.zvejniece@at.gov.lv, telephone: 7020396, 28652211