In accordance with the decision of the Council for the Judiciary, number of judges in the structural units of the Supreme Court has been re-distributed as from 1 January – number of judges in the Department of Administrative Cases has been increased for one judge, having reduced the number of judges in the Chamber of Civil Cases. 

The competition to the vacant office of a judge of the Department of Administrative Cases continues, but the Council for the Judiciary instructed Dzintra Amerika, the judge of the Administrative regional court, to discharge duties of a judge during the vacancy. The judge has worked in the Department of Administrative Cases since 29 September already, substituting for Dace Mita, the judge of the Supreme Court, who is on long-term leave.

On 4 January, Dace Mita will suspend her unpaid leave and comes back to work.  

Redistribution of number of judges was necessary to ensure effective and rational use of resources of the Supreme Court. During the court reform, liquidating the appellate instance in the Supreme Court, number of cases in the Chamber of Civil Cases decreases, and the Chamber will operate until 31 December 2016.    

Therefore, currently, from among 48 judges of the Supreme Court, 36 are judges of departments (including the Chief Justice  of the Supreme Court) – 10 judges in the Department of Administrative Cases, 17 judges in the Department of Civil Cases, 8 judges in the Department of Criminal Cases, and 12 judges of Chambers.

 

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