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9 March, 2007

On Latvian judge conference attention is paid to ethics and professionalism

Actual questions related to ethics of a judge and politics of judicial system – were the main accents today, on the 9 of March, on the conference that gathered more then 400 judges from all Courts of the State.
7 March, 2007

Latvian Judges on the conference will discuss ethics and politics of judicial system

Latvian judges on Friday, the 9 of March, will gather on annual conference to discuss actual questions related to ethics of a judge and politics of judicial system.
6 March, 2007

Eilande elected as the representative of the Supreme Court in the Central Elections Commission

Today, on March 6, in the Plenary Session of the Supreme Court, the judges elected the senator Valda Eilande as the member of the Central Elections Commission (CEC). She was the only candidate who was nominated to this position. The judges were asked to submit to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court the proposals regarding the candidates to the position of a member of the Central Elections Commission. The only proposal was received from the Chairman of the Chamber of Civil Cases, the Deputy Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Gunars Aigars.
1 March, 2007

US Ambassador and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court discuss organization of conference

On February 26 the Supreme Court was visited by the Ambassador of the United States of America Katherine Todd Bailey. The Ambassador had a meeting with the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Andris Gulans. K. Todd Bailey and A. Gulans discussed the successful previous cooperation when the Supreme Court together with the American Bar Association organized the international conference “Judges and Attorneys in Interaction of Professions” in June last year, as well as talked about further cooperation. The Ambassador informed that in July the US Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito will visit Latvia, and during his visit the US Embassy will organize a two-day conference “Reform of the court system, ethics and transparency” with his participation. K. Todd Bailey and A. Gulans discussed the possible themes of the conference and other organizing issues. To inform about the planned conference, the US Ambassador intends to hold a press conference on Monday where the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court will also take part.
28 February, 2007

Plenary Session will elect a member of the Central Election Commission

Till Friday, March 2, proposals regarding candidates to the position of a member of the Central Elections Commission (CEC) have to be submitted by judges to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. The judges from among themselves will elect one CEC member in the Plenary Session which will be held on Tuesday, March 6.
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.