Yesterday, on 15 October, the amendments to the Judicial Disciplinary Liability Law came into effect, stipulating that in future the Chair of the Judicial Disciplinary Committee will be elected from among Chairs of departments of the Supreme Court.

Previously, the law stipulated that composition of the Judicial Disciplinary Committee included the deputy Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, and he is the Chair of the Committee.  Due to changes in structure of the Supreme Court, the Chief Justice does not have deputies anymore as from 2014, the Saeima (Parliament) stipulated in Transitional Provisions of the law “On Judicial Power” that the former deputy continues to discharge duties of the Chair of the Judicial Disciplinary Committee until expiration of his quadrennial term of office.  Peteris Dzalbe, who was elected to the Judicial Disciplinary Committee and had been its Chair since 2011, continued work, but his term of office of the Chair of the Disciplinary Committee expires in November.

In nearest future, Judges’ Conference will have to elect the Chair of the department of the Supreme Court, who will be the Chair of the Judicial Disciplinary Committee.

The Judicial Disciplinary Committee is a judicial self-governmental institution, which examines cases on disciplinary and administrative violations committed by judges of district (city) courts, Land Registry offices, regional courts and the Supreme Court. The composition of the Judicial Disciplinary Committee includes the Chair of the department of the Supreme Court, two Chairs of regional courts, two Chairs of district (city) courts and two Heads of Land Registry offices. The Judicial Disciplinary Committee is elected for four years by Judges’ Conference, in secret ballot.

 

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