Until 7 April, when judges of the Supreme Court could nominate candidates to the office of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court for next five-year term of office, two candidates were registered, namely, Ivars Bickovics, the present Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, and Andris Gulans, the judge of the Department of Administrative Cases.  

When consent of nominated candidates to stand for the office of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court will be received, they will be heard by the Council for the Judiciary. In accordance with Section 89.11 of the law “On Judicial Power”, the Council for the Judiciary provides opinion on candidates to the office of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court to the Plenary Session of the Supreme Court.

At the Plenary Session, in which judges of the Supreme Court participate, candidate to the office of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court will be nominated for confirmation by the Saeima (Parliament).

In accordance with Section 50 of the law “On Judicial Power” work of the Supreme Court is managed by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, who is appointed by the Saeima for five-year term from among judges of the Supreme Court upon proposal of the Plenary Session of the Supreme Court. The same person may not hold the office of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court for more than two terms in turns.

Term of office of Ivars Bickovics, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, expires on 16 June.

 

 

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