On June 12, the Saeima (Parliament) adopted decision stating that number of the Supreme Court judges is 48 judges. The decision was adopted upon proposal of the Board of Justice.  

This will be the number of judges in the Supreme Court after 1 January 2015, when the first stage of reorganisation of the Supreme Court shall end and the Chamber of Criminal Cases of the Supreme Court shall end operation. In accordance with the decision of the Board of Justice, there shall be 35 judges, including the Chief Justice, at cassation instance – in the Supreme Court Departments, and 13 judges at appellate instance – in the Chamber of Civil cases. Number of judges in departments will be divided as following:  9 judges in the Department of Administrative Cases, 15 judges in the Department of Civil Cases and 10 judges in the Department of Criminal Cases.  

In result of the first stage of reorganisation of the court, the total number of judges of the Supreme Court will be reduced from 53 to 48 judges, at the same time, having liquidated the Chamber of Criminal Cases, it has been planned to strengthen capacity of the Department of Criminal Cases, increasing number of judges in the department from six to ten positions, and in the Department of Civil Cases – from fourteen to fifteen positions.  

In result of the second stage of reform, having liquidated the Chamber of Civil Cases on 31 December 2016, it has been planned to increase number of judges of the Department of Administrative Cases and repeatedly to assess work load of other departments and necessary number of judges.

 

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