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25 September, 2007

Representatives from the Supreme Court get insight in human rights protection

On invitation of the judge Ineta Ziemele from the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), the senator Pēteris Dzalbe from the Department of the Criminal Cases of the Supreme Court Senate, the judge Pēteris Opicāns from the Chamber of Criminal Cases, the Administration manager Anita Kehre, the consultant Biruta Puķe from the Division of Complains, and the assistant Gatis Bārdiņš to the senator of the Department of Administrative Cases of the Senate met in Strasbourg with judges and staff of ECHR and representatives from Latvia working in the Council of Europe.
20 September, 2007

Work group for evaluation of possible judges’ ethics violations will be presided by the senator Namatēvs

The senator Roberts Guntis Namatēvs was elected the chairman of the work group for evaluation of possible ethics violations of judges’ activities. In the first meeting of the work group which took place today, the further plan of actions was coordinated. The work group works out application for the General Prosecutor’s Office requesting it to provide information which is at its disposal regarding the allegedly tapped phone calls of the judges and attorneys. After examination of the information provided by the prosecutor’s office, and the information published in the book “Tiesāšanās kā ķēķis” (“Litigation as cuisine”) by journalist Lato Lapsa, the work group will invite the Supreme Court judges mentioned in the materials to give information and explanation of motives for their actions. The meetings of the work group will be closed. The interim report for the Supreme Court Plenary Session has to be prepared by the work group till December 1.
18 September, 2007

The Plenary Session forms the work group for evaluation of ethics of judges

After hearing the information by the General Prosecutor Jānis Maizītis and extensive debates, with majority of votes the Plenary Session of the Supreme Court formed a work group which will work parallel to the General Prosecutor’s Office and evaluate ethics of actions of those judges of the Supreme Court who, possibly, are involved in the telephone tapping scandal which indicated the connection of the judges with the attorney-at-law Andris Grūtups. Although the goals of the work group have not been set clearly yet, in the press conference after the Plenary Session the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Andris Guļāns acknowledged that the fact that the work group as such was formed is already a result because there is no unanimity among the judges regarding the status of decoding of the published telephone calls and the necessity of its evaluation what was proved also by long debates in the Plenary Session.
18 September, 2007

Valerijans Jonikāns is elected the Chairman of the Department of Civil Cases

On September 17, in the Plenary Session of the Supreme Court, the former Chairman of the Department of Administrative Cases Valerijans Jonikāns was elected the Chairman of the Department of Civil Cases. The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Andris Guļāns inviting the Plenary Session to vote for V. Jonikāns, informed that the nomination was approved in the meeting of the management of the Supreme Court, and the support of the senators of the Department of Civil Cases was confirmed. V. Jonikāns has worked in the field of civil law for long time, but for the last four years, since establishment of the Department of Administrative Cases, he led its work and majored in administrative matters. The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court said that such a good specialist and a good organizer who could change the organization of the Department’s work and - to a certain extent – reasoning, is at this moment necessary in the position of the Chairman of the Department of Civil Cases.
17 September, 2007

Press conference will take place after the Plenary Session of the Supreme Court

Today, September 17, at 15.00, the Plenary Session of the Supreme Court will be held the agenda of which includes two issues. First, the Plenary Session will decide on appointment of the Senator of the Department of the Civil Cases of the Supreme Court Senate, and also the election of the Chairman of the Department. The vacancy in the Department of Civil Cases of the Senate opened after the death of Mārtiņš Dudelis on June 28, 2007, who held this position for long term.
13 September, 2007

European judges and prosecutors evaluate the pace of development of the court system in Latvia

Judges and prosecutors from Spain, Germany and Finland who visited the Supreme Court on September 12, in their discussion with the Chief Justice Andris Guļāns and the Administration manager Anita Kehre admitted that they are pleasantly surprised finding, during their visit what considerable changes have taken place in the court system in Latvia in such a short period after restoration of independence.
12 September, 2007

Interested persons may study the public work statement of the Supreme Court for 2006

Every interested person has access to the “Public work statement of the Supreme Court for 2006” in the section Public Statements on the website of the Supreme Court. The statement has been published also in a printed form, and today about two hundred addressees both in Latvia and abroad received it. The public statement has been translated in English, as well.
5 September, 2007

Collection of rulings of the Department of Administrative Cases of the Senate for 2006 has been published

This week, already the third collection of rulings of the Department of Administrative Cases of the Supreme Court Senate of the Republic of Latvia has been published. In 12 sections of the collection 85 rulings of the Department of Administrative Cases of the Supreme Court Senate are summarized offering insight on tendencies of the Senate court practice of the last year – latest cognitions and development of the existing ones.
31 August, 2007

Judicial Qualification Panel approves advancement of Inta Lauka to the position of the Supreme Court judge

In the meeting of August 31, the Judicial Qualification Panel having evaluated the submitted materials and spoken with the judge of the Zemgales Regional Court Inta Lauka, approved her confirmation in the position of the Supreme Court judge.
29 August, 2007

Plenary Session of the Supreme Court will elect the Chairman of the Department of Civil Cases of the Senate and decide on establishment of a work group to evaluate the judicial ethics

The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Andris Gulans in accordance with Article 44, part 2, of the law On Judicial Power today issued an instruction which states that on Monday, September 17, at 15.00, the Plenary Session of the Supreme Court will be convened. There are two issues on the agenda. First, the Plenary Session will decide on the appointment in the position of the senator of the Department of Civil Cases of the Senate and also the election of the Chairman of the Department. The secretary is assigned to prepare the documents to be discussed till September 10. The vacancy in the Department of Civil Cases opened after the death of its long-term Chairman Martins Dudelis on June 28, 2007.