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27 February, 2007

Amendments to the Regulations of the Judicial Disciplinary Panel under preparation

Last week the members of the Judicial Disciplinary Panel gathered in a meeting to discuss the proposed amendments to the Regulations of the Panel. During the discussion of the proposals, the Disciplinary Panel concluded that amendments to the law “On Judicial Disciplinary Responsibility” are necessary, as well. However, as the draft law on judiciary, which will regulate also functioning of the Judicial Disciplinary Panel, already is in the Saeima (Parliament) for the 2nd reading, and after the adoption of it the Law on Judicial Disciplinary Responsibility loses effect, the participants of the meeting agreed that it is more purposeful not to prepare amendments to the old law, but to submit suggestions for the coming one. In the meeting where beside the members of the Panel the representatives from the Ministry of Justice, Association of Judges and the Supreme Court took part, five topical issues were discussed: whether the meetings of the Disciplinary Panel are open or closed, whether the materials of disciplinary cases are information of general or restricted accessibility, whether a member of the Panel may participate in adoption of the decision if he/she has initiated a disciplinary case; how to ensure timely preparation of decisions, how to fix the course of the meeting of the Panel.
23 February, 2007

Increase of number of cases threatens normal functioning of the Supreme Court

The report Plenary Session of the Supreme Court evaluated the work of the previous year as rather voluminous, sufficiently qualitative and significant for the judiciary. The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Andris Gulans at the closure of the Plenary Session expressed gratitude to the whole staff of the court, especially noting the huge work load of the Chamber of Civil Cases, creativity and the high level of quality requirements of the Department of Administrative Cases, contribution of the Division of Case-law in creation of uniform court practice, as well as the determined work of the Administration regarding improvement of working conditions and efficiency of work of the Supreme Court.
22 February, 2007

Last year the Supreme Court reviewed record number of cases – 4311

The international conference “Judges and Attorneys in interaction of professions” organized together with the American Bar Association which “shook up” those who work in the court system to think about ethical issues; the project launched in cooperation with the Ministry of Justice of Spain on increase of capacity of the Supreme Court; the nomination of the judge of the Constitutional Court – these three issues were mentioned as the positive “shake” of the previous year by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Andris Gulans on February 22, meeting the reporters at the traditional press conference prior to the annual report of the Supreme Court.
20 February, 2007

Results of the work in 2006 will be analyzed in the press conference

A day before the report Plenary Session of the Supreme Court, on Thursday, February 22, at 12.00, in the Hall 461 of the Supreme Court, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Andris Gulans invites journalists of Latvia to share the opinion on evaluation of the work of the Court and the problems. In the conference, the Chief Justice will analyze the statistical data for 2006 which starting from today are also accessible in the section “Statistics” of the website www.at.gov.lv. Figures show that the work load of the Supreme Court Senate has increased considerable what may be explained both by the increased number of judges in the Riga Regional Court and the growth of public awareness of law and the wish to settle disputes in courts. The appellate instance is overloaded, as well, especially the Chamber of Civil Cases. Since 2000, the number of cases received in the Chamber of Civil Cases has doubled. A survey on administrative work will be presented by the Head of Administration Anita Kehre. The year of 2006 was the second year of functioning of this structural unit during which the material technical supply of the Supreme Court has improved considerably, international cooperation has become more active, professional skills of judges and court employees have improved.
15 February, 2007

Supreme Court has prepared summaries on the court practice in cases on hooliganism

The Department of Criminal Cases of the Supreme Court Senate and the Division of Case-law has summarized the court practice in criminal cases on hooliganism (Article 231 of the Criminal Law). The court practice has been summarized comparing materials of 433 criminal cases which have been reviewed in 2005 in four courts of the first instance with 623 persons being convicted for hooliganism. To promote a uniform court practice and punishment policy, the summary of the court practice contains recommendations regarding application of the said Article.
13 February, 2007

Future lawyers have practice in the Supreme Court

Starting from February 5, ten 5th year students of the Faculty of Law of the University of Latvia have their training practice in the Supreme Court. Three more students will start their practice on March 5. In four weeks, Kristine Siveca, Diana Poriete, Daina Celma, Aleksandra Arhipova, Santa Selga, Ieva Kazeniece, Sergejs Ronis, Kaspars Kaksitis, Ieva Dumina and Janis Iesalnieks will study materials of cases, take part in court proceedings, analyze the course of cases, compare with their opinion and prepare their draft rulings. During the practice, the students have also individual assignments – a specific theme which the students study deeper and which probably will be used in their diploma papers.
9 February, 2007

Aivars Keiss confirmed in the position of the judge of the Chamber of Civil Cases of the Supreme Court

On Friday, February 9, the Plenary Session of the Supreme Court confirmed Aivars Keiss in the position of the judge of the Chamber of Civil Cases of the Supreme Court. Aivars Keiss, previous acting Deputy Chairman of the Zemgales Regional Court, was confirmed in the position of a judge of the Supreme Court by the Saeima (Parliament) on February 1. Before it, an approval was expressed by the Judicial Qualification Panel, a positive reference – by the Chairman of the Department of Civil Cases of the Supreme Court Martins Dudelis.
7 February, 2007

Three sworn bailiffs give the oath

On February 7, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court accepted the oath from three bailiffs. The bailiffs Baiba Ozolina, Anda Ranse and Rita Grante swore loyalty to the State of Latvia, to follow the laws of the state decently, to the best of their conscience and convictions, to respect the state power, to follow instructions and regulations of supervising authorities and their officials, to fulfill honestly the duties of a bailiff, to protect legal interests of persons, entrusted cases and not to disclose secrets of the position being aware that they are amenable to law for their activities.
5 February, 2007

Advancement of Reinholde to the position of the Chairman of the Kurzemes Regional Court accepted

Prior to signing the proposal on appointment of the Chairman of the Kurzemes Regional Court, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court invited to a meeting the judge Silva Reinholde who was acknowledged the most suitable candidate to the position of the Chairman of the Kurzemes Regional Court by the commission for selection of candidates.
2 February, 2007

Saeima confirms Aivars Keiss in the position of the Supreme Court judge

On February 1, according to the decision of the Saeima (Parliament), Aivars Keiss, the former acting Deputy Chairman of the Zemgales Regional Court was confirmed in the position of the judge of the Supreme Court. On February 9, the Plenary Session of the Supreme Court will decide on appointment of the judge in one of the structural unites of the Supreme Court. It is expected that Keiss might work in the Chamber of Civil Cases.