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28 October, 2009

The President of the State and the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court activate the necessity of discussion about procedure of attestation of judges

The President of the State Valdis Zatlers and the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Ivars Bickovics during the meeting on October 28, agreed that it is necessary to activate the discussion about necessary improvements in the procedure of attestation of judges. After voting of Saeima, in which the judge of Administrative regional court Maris Vigants hadn’t been appointed for the post of the judge of the Supreme Court, the question about strengthening the independence of judges became more topical. The President of the State and the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court were unanimous that the question has to be updated and discussed, while working with new Draft law on judiciary that has been in Saeima since 2006 already. It would be necessary to make promotion of the draft law faster, at the same time solving questions that are topical for the judicial power, inter alia, strengthening independence of judicial power and judges from possible political influence
26 October, 2009

The most essential rulings of the Department of Administrative Cases of the Senate have been published: also the ones that change the case-law and legal standards that have been reviewed for the first time

The collection of sentences and rulings of the Department of Administrative Cases of the Senate of the Supreme Court of year 2008 has been published, and it is the fifth one. Rulings that have been summarized in the collection are invaluable helpers for courts of lower instances, while making sentences, and for state officials, while applying public legal relationship with individuals. 83 rulings published have been grouped in 9 chapters. Several indices have been included in the collection, so it would be more convenient to use the collection, and using these indices, it is possible to find necessary ruling or examine the problematic question of administrative procedure: the index of institutions, the index of legal acts, the index of theses, the index of rulings and other sources, references to which have been given in rulings published, and two indices of definitions, with separate indicating of definitions, interpreted by the court.
22 October, 2009

The Supreme Court expresses quandary about unattestation of Maris Vigants for the post of the judge of the Supreme Court

On October 22, the Saeima rejected the Project of decision about attestation of Maris Vigants for the post of the judge of the Supreme Court. Voting about appointment of the judge for the post was secret. 26 parlamentarians voted for candidacy of Vigants, 43 deputies voted against, and 14 parlamentarians abstained from voting. The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Ivars Bickovics abstains from comments about voting of Saeima, as no motives and arguments of parliamentary voting are known to the Supreme Court. Before voting in Saeima the candidacy of Vigants had been supported by Judicial Qualification Committee and Juridical Committee of Saeima, and no objections have been expressed. Gunars Aigars, the deputy of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, the Chairman of the Chamber of Civil Cases, confirms that at present the only comment is: “Quandary”. This has been one of rare occurrences, when the Saiema doesn’t attest the judge for the post.
22 October, 2009

The Latvian Association of Administrative Judges believes that unattestation of Vigants for the post of the judge of the Supreme Court is a revenge to the judge and infringement of the principle of personal independence of the judge

The Latvian Association of Administrative Judges has made announcement concerning unattestation of Maris Vigants for the post of the judge of the Supreme Court. In the announcement that the Chairman of the Board of the Association, the senator of the Supreme Court Janis Neimanis, has distributed among mass-media there has been stressed that decision of Saeima is contrary to the statement of the institution of judicial self-government – Judicial Qualification Committee, that Maris Vigants is qualified for the post of the judge of the Supreme Court. The decision of Saeima is also contrary to the decision of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court upon propulsion of Maris Vigants for the post of the judge of the Supreme Court. The decision of Saeima is also contrary to the political resolution of Juridical Committee of Saeima about qualification of Maris Vigants for the post of the judge of the Supreme Court. The Association indicates that the judge Maris Vigants accepted many resolutions in different cases, also about imprisonment of the oligarch Aivars Lembergs. The Latvian Association of Administrative Judges thinks that decision of the Saeima is the revenge to the judge Maris Vigants, because he observed the subordination of judge to the law and rules, stated by the Paragraph 83 of Satversme, while reviewing cases.
21 October, 2009

The term of Office of Gunars Aigars in the post of the judge of the Supreme Court has been prolonged

The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court has prolonged the term of office of the Chairman of the Chamber of Civil Cases Gunars Aigars in the post of the judge of the Supreme Court for five years. The positive resolution about elongation of this term has been given by the Judicial Qualification Committee. On November 1, Gunars Aigars will become 70 years old, and it is maximum age for execution of duties of the judge. Part three of the Paragraph 63 of the Law „On Judicial Power” states that the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, having received the positive resolution of the Judicial Qualification Committee, can prolong term of Office for the post of the judge of the Supreme Court for the term up to five years. Gunars Aigars has worked as the judge since 1967. Since 1990 he has been the judge of the Supreme Court. Since 1995, when chambers were formed, he has been the Chairman of the chamber of Civil Cases. Since year 1995 he has also been the deputy of the Chief Justice of the Supreme court.
8 October, 2009

In the extraordinary Plenum there has been asked to keep calculation or remuneration of judges according to the Law „On Judicial Power” and create the budget of the Supreme Court analogically to the budget of Saeima

The system of remuneration of judges should be determined by the law „On Judicial Power”, not being included in the uniform system of remuneration of governmental management – this has been told in the decision of the extraordinary Plenum of the Supreme Court of October 8, 2009. Judges of the Supreme Court are aware of necessity in the situation of economic crisis in the country to reduce financing, established for the court system, but remuneration of judges cannot be mechanically equaled to remuneration of state official, as their functions and principles of activity differ essentially. The Supreme Court objects against the fact that changes in system of remuneration of judges and question on creation the budget of the Supreme Court have been discussed in closed sessions of the Cabinet without participation of court representatives. The Plenum admitted that public inaccessibility of the draft law on remunerations doesn’t match up with principles of judicial state and conflicts with Declaration of the Government. The Plenum asks to respect the independence of the court system and provide financial analysis of the budget of the Supreme Court, using the same procedure that has been established for analysis of the budget of Saeima. In the basis of judicial and democratic state there are independence and balance of three independent branches of state power – the legislative power, executive power and judicial power. The situation, when financing of judicial power depends on goodwill of other branches of power, is inadmissible.
7 October, 2009

The Chief Jusctice of the Supreme Court meets the representative of the International Monetary Fund

On Wedneday, October 7, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Ivars Bickovics together with representatives of the Constitutional Court and Latvian Association of Judges met the representative of the International Monetary Fund, in order to inform about influence of reduction of the budget on functioning of Latvian courts.
7 October, 2009

The independence of the court system is endangered, the Suprem court summons an extraordinary Plenum

In order to draw the attention of Saeima, the Cabinet and society to danger to rule of law and democracy in Latvia, by weakening the financial independence of courts, in the framework of creation of the state budget, on Thursday, October 8, at 9.15 o’clock there has been summoned the extraordinary Plenum of the Supreme Court. The financial independence of the court system is not a privilege, given in the interests of the courts, but for the interests of the society, in order to provide independent court in reasonable terms. Judges of the Supreme Court draw the attention that reducement of the budget forcast will essentially influence the execution of court functions. The General Prosecutor and Minister of Justice are also invited to the Plenum of the Supreme Court. The Plenum will take place in Room 146. Journalists have to order permits in the Division of Communication, telephones 67020396, 28652211.
5 October, 2009

As representative of the Central Election Committee among judges the senator Peteris Dzalbe has been elected

The Plenum of the Supreme Court on October 5 has elected the senator of the Department of Criminal Cases of the Senate Peteris Dzalbe as representative of the Central Election Committee among judges.
5 October, 2009

Gruzins and Aigars have been elected as deputies of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court repeatedly

Judges of the Supreme Court in the Plenum on October 5, have elected the Chair of the Department of Criminal Cases of the Senate Pavels Gruzins and the Chair of the Chamber of Civil Cases Gunars Aigars as deputies of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, who executed duties of deputies of the Chief Justice up to now. Candidatures of Gruzins and Aigars for reelection were nominated by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Ivars Bickovics, indicating that having worked with previous deputies for more than one year, he evaluated their professionalism and experience, so he nominates their candidatures for reelection. 28 judges voted for election of Pavels Gruzins for the post of deputy of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, and 30 judges voted for Gunars Aigars. 31 of 44 judges of the Supreme Court took participated in Plenum.