The issue of the agenda of the Plenary Session of the Supreme Court of December 27 was confirmation of Anita Poļakova and Andrejs Lepse in a concrete structural unit of the Supreme Court. The joint session of judges unanimously confirmed both candidates to the positions in the Chamber of Criminal Cases.

A. Poļakova was a judge of the Panel of Criminal Cases of the Riga Regional Court since 1999.

A. Lepse already worked in the Supreme Court from 1990 till 1997 when he was elected in the position of a judge of the Constitutional Court, and the Saeima (Parliament) released him from the position of the judge of the Supreme Court. Under the adjudication of the Constitutional Court of October 19, 2007, the Saeima restored A. Lepse in the position of a judge of the Supreme Court finding the regulation of the law, which states that after expiry of the term of office of a judge of the Constitutional Court only a judge who has been confirmed in the position of a judge without restrictions of the term of office may return to the position, not complying with the Constitution. The Constitutional Court initiated the case upon the application of the State Human Rights Bureau or the present Ombudsman, and the former judge A. Lepse.

Information prepared by Division of Communications of the Supreme Court

Author: Baiba Kataja, spokeswoman of the Supreme Court

E-mail: baiba.kataja@at.gov.lv, telephone: 7020396, 28652211