On December 14 during the Plenary Session of the Supreme Court, Judge Veronika Krumina was re-elected as the Chair of the Department of Administrative Cases. In accordance with the Law "On Judicial Power", the chairs of the departments of the Supreme Court are elected by the general meeting of judges for a term of five years.

Looking back to the previous term of office, Veronika Krumina, first of all, emphasized the body of the professionally capable judges of the Department, which is preserved and strengthened notwithstanding change in structure of the Department. Likewise, the support service to the judges of the Department has been strengthened by creating the position of legal research counsel and thus providing employees with career advancement opportunities at the court. The Chair of the Department also noted the role of counsels in the Department's work who deal with cassation complaints and issues of admissibility of cassation complaints and ancillary complaints.

Veronika Krumina mentioned this additional duty, which significantly increases the workload, as the main reason for the increase in accumulation of cases and in time period required for processing cases in the department.

As the main task for the next term of office the Chair of the Department has set the reduction of backlog of cases. The Chair considers it necessary to establish a system for handling cases, which, as early as possible – when the case comes to court – separates cases which shall not be reviewed under cassation procedure and cases in which case-law has already been established. In this process, the advisory corps will be more engaged and a position of legal research counsel on tax law issues will be created. The Chair of the Department also emphasized the necessity of drafting standards for court decisions, as well as improvement of the criteria for the selection of judges for the position of a judge of the Supreme Court.

Another direction considered necessary to be improved by the Chair of the Department – improving the quality of work of lower courts and feedback with lower courts.

According to Veronika Krumina the third important work direction is the recovery and strengthening of the reputation of the judicial system. The Department of Administrative Cases established a law school tradition at the Supreme Court, and the Chair of the Department is determined to continue educating the students. She also considers it necessary to participate in discussions with the media, explaining the work of the court, and to improve the ability of the judicial system to respond more effectively to material mistakes and infringements made by judges.

Veronika Krumina has been a judge of the Department of Administrative Cases of the Supreme Court since 2005; she was elected as the Chair of the Department in 2007 and re-elected in 2012.

 

Information prepared by

Rasma Zvejniece, the Head of the Division of Communication of the Supreme Court

E-mail: rasma.zvejniece@at.gov.lv, telephone: +371 67020396, +371 28652211