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29 March, 2021

The Judicial Council does not agree with the appeal of decisions to the Senate provided for in the draft Immigration Law

The Judicial Council, when discussing the draft of the new Immigration Law considered at the meeting of State Secretaries, expressed a negative attitude that the decisions of the Minister of the Interior on listing foreigners banned from entering the Republic of Latvia due to national security or public order and security and on forceful expulsion of a person from the country should be appealed to the Department of Administrative Cases of the Supreme Court. The Judicial Council considers that these decisions have to be appealed to the Regional Administrative Court.
26 March, 2021

Judges of the Judicial Council meet with the association

On March 26, at the initiative of the Society for Transparency Delna's new team, the judges of the Judicial Council met with representatives of the Society to discuss possible cooperation.
16 March, 2021

The Judicial Council sets a strategic overarching goal – equal representation in the dialogue between branches of state power

Commencing a discussion on the status and functions of the Judicial Council, in particular on the need to provide the Judicial Council with a legislative initiative and enshrine it in the Constitution as a constitutional body, is one of the tasks stated in the Judicial Council's strategy for the next five years approved on 12 March.
16 March, 2021

Call for the support of judges of the Economic Court and their mentors

In order to provide professional support to new judges of the Economic Court, no one of whom has experience as a judge, the court system forms a mentoring support. Each judge of the new court will have his or her own mentor or “coach” from another court, who will help them to acquire professional skills of a judge.
16 March, 2021

The procedure for appointing chairs of courts is clarified

In order to facilitate the operative and transparent process of appointing the chairs of courts, the Judicial Council clarified the procedure for nominating and appointing a chair, a deputy-chair of a district (city) court and a regional court, as well as a chair of courthouse, identifying the plan of action in case the competition for these positions shows no results. In such case, the Court Administration must announce a new competition within three working days at the latest.
12 March, 2021

The Judicial Council adopts a resolution on the dialogue between the executive and the judiciary on the training of judges

At its meeting on 12 March, the Judicial Council adopted a resolution on the dialogue between the executive and the judiciary on judicial training, which explains that the public statement made by the Minister of Justice stating that the Chair of the Judicial Council is hindering the establishment of a judicial training institution is untrue. Taking over the training of judges from the executive has been identified as a priority strategic goal of the judiciary. The Judicial Council, under the management of the Chair, is actively working on the new judicial training system.
12 March, 2021

The Judicial Council will consider the Minister's resolution on issues of criticism of courts and judges after receiving the opinion of the Judicial Ethics Commission

The Judicial Council will consider the draft resolution submitted by the Minister of Justice Jānis Bordāns on the issues of criticism of courts and judges after receiving the opinion of the Judicial Ethics Commission. At the sitting of March 12, the Chair of the Judicial Council Aigars Strupišs informed that, taking into account the Minister's statements laid down in the draft resolution that the Chair of the Judicial Council had violated the judicial ethics, he has sent the draft resolution to the Judicial Ethics Commission for evaluation.
1 March, 2021

Standards for time limits of proceedings are approved

The Judicial Council has approved the standards for time limits of adjudication of cases submitted by all Latvian courts for 2021.
1 March, 2021

The Judicial Council agrees on the strategic goal of taking over the training of judges

The approval of the strategy of the Judicial Council was postponed again on 26 February, as the Minister of Justice, whose presence was considered necessary by the majority of the members of the Council to discuss the strategy, did not participate in the meeting of the Council. The approval of the strategy was postponed for the first time at the Judicial Council meeting of January 29 to allow time for the Minister of Justice to prepare written proposals.
17 February, 2021

The Judicial Council requests to postpone the implementation of the e-case until the quality preparation and development of the project

Faster and more efficient exchange of information in criminal proceedings, administrative violation proceedings, administrative proceedings in courts and civil proceedings has been set as the goal of the electronic (e-case) programme, and it is aimed at electronicization of these proceedings. In 2021, the introduction of the e-case in the administrative proceedings and criminal proceedings is planned.