The Judicial Commission on the December 6 approved nomination of two candidates – Jānis Neimanis and Anita Polakova – to the position of judges of the Supreme Court.

Jānis Neimanis graduated from the University of Latvia, Faculty of Law, in 1999, and qualified for a lawyer’s position. In 2000, he received the master’s degree of social sciences in law, but in 2005 – the doctor’s degree in law. J. Neimanis has versatile experience in public law what he obtained while doing both practical work in the Ministry of Justice and Register of Enterprises, and academic work – he worked as a professor of law theory, at the present moment he holds the position of the associate professor in the Department of law theory and history of the Faculty of Law in the University of Latvia, as well as works as an attorney in law offices.

J. Neimanis is the author of the books “Further development of law”, “Technique of solving legal cases”, “Introduction to law”, co-author of several other books, he has also published more than thirty popular science articles on issues of public and private law. He has enriched his experience by taking part in various scientific conferences, courses in Latvia and abroad, studied in doctoral program in Christian-Albreht University in Kiel.

Senator of the Department of Administrative Cases and associate professor of the University of Latvia Jautrīte Briede who recommended J. Neimanis to the position of a judge in the Department of Administrative Cases of the Supreme Court noted that J. Neimanis works very thoroughly, his legal analyses are convincing, he has the understanding of justice in the context of democratic state system. J. Neimanis as a doctor in law with practical experience could contribute significantly in the further development of case-law of the Supreme Court, notes J. Briede. J. Neimanis received another recommendation from the chief of the Department of law theory and history of the Faculty of Law of the University of Latvia, Professor S. Osipova.

Anita Poļakova graduated from the University of Latvia, Faculty of Law, in 1988, she enriched her knowledge regularly attending seminars and courses organized by the Supreme Court and the Judicial Training Center, as well as lectures in the courses in FIB academy in USA, Academy of financial police in Italy and courses in German in the Goethe Institute. Since 1999 A. Poļakova holds the position of the judge in the Panel of Criminal Cases of the Riga Regional Court. Till that, she worked as a secretary of court sessions, prosecutor, attorney.

In 2007, A. Poļakova was conferred the second qualification grade. In 2006, the Department of Criminal Cases of the Senate of the Supreme Court received 16 cassation complaints or protests on cases reviewed by the judge A. Poļakova, but under the cassation procedure, none of the rulings of the appellate instance court prepared by the judge was changed or revoked. Senator Valda Eilande of the Department of Criminal Cases of the Senate presenting opinion on the work of A. Poļakova mentions the well-prepared, motivated rulings of the judge which comply with the standards of procedural law and are drawn up in correct literary language.

The Legal commission will prepare a draft decision for the Saeima regarding confirmation of Jānis Neimanis and Anita Poļakova in the position of the judges of the Supreme Court. After positive voting in the Saeima the judges will be appointed in specific structural divisions of the Court by a decision of the Plenary Session of the Supreme Court.


Information prepared by Division of Communications of the Supreme Court
Author: Rasma Zvejniece, Manager of the Division of Communications of the Supreme Court
E-mail: rasma.zvejniece@at.gov.lv, telephone: 7020396, 28652211