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4 July, 2018

Statement by the Executive Board of the ENCJ on the situation in Poland

The Executive Board of the ENCJ offers its wholehearted support for the judges in Poland in these difficult times.
26 June, 2018

On the issues viewed and decisions taken at the sitting of the Council for the Judiciary on June 25

On June 25, Anita Zikmane, the Head of the Division of Case-law and Research of the Supreme Court, informed about the implementation of the Council for the Judiciary’s decision of February 5, 2018, analyzing the cases of insolvency and legal protection, in which the Supreme Court satisfied the protests submitted from 2008 to 2014. An in-depth analysis was initially carried out in 30 cases, adding up to 10 more cases during the work process. At present, with the involvement of experts from the field of justice, there are rulings in 118 cases, corresponding to ¾ of the planned volume of work. Experts continue to work on problem analysis and the formulation of systematic conclusions. Although it cannot be excluded that expert opinions may differ on some issues, the Council for the Judiciary invited experts to find the opportunity to complete the work by the end of August, so that the conclusions could be heard at the next sitting of the Council.
1 June, 2018

The European Commission's 2018 Report on the Rule of Law in the European Union is published

On May 28, the European Commission published the 2018 EU Justice Scoreboard, which analyzes and compares the effectiveness, quality and independence of the judicial systems in the EU Member States. The 28 EU Member States took part in the preparation of the report, providing both statistics and describing the situation regarding various legal issues.
30 May, 2018

European Network of Councils for the Judiciary focuses on the management of change in the judiciary

Chair of the Council for the Judiciary Ivars Bickovics and the Head of the Secretariat of the Council for the Judiciary Solvita Harbacevica take part in the General Assembly of the European Network of Councils for the Judiciary (ENCJ), which is taking place this week in Lisbon. The theme of this year's General Assembly is "Leading Positive Change".
24 April, 2018

European Commission: Latvia has a strong and well-organized judicial system

Latvia has a strong and well-organized judicial system and processes for its improvement are successful – as observed by the European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ), the report of which was presented at the meeting of the Council for the Judiciary on April 23.
6 March, 2018

Support for the extraordinary assessment of judges' professional activities in disciplinary proceedings

The Council for the Judiciary conceptually supported the amendments to the Judicial Disciplinary Liability Law on the Judicial Disciplinary Committee’s right to impose an extraordinary assessment of judge's professional activities examined at the Saeima's first reading, but several proposals were corrected according to their original idea as expressed by the Council for the Judiciary.
6 March, 2018

The Council for the Judiciary does not support unjustified restrictions on the remuneration of bailiffs

The Council for the Judiciary when assessing information on the amendments to the Law on Bailiffs currently discussed in the Saeima, expressed a critical attitude to the unreasonable and unjustified restriction of the amount of remuneration of sworn bailiffs.
6 March, 2018

Proposal to base remuneration of court employees on the same principles as those for employees of the Saeima, Chancery of the President and the State Audit Office

In order to strengthen the independence of the judiciary and ensure the balance between the three branches of state power, namely, the legislature, the executive power and the judiciary, in the united system of remuneration for officials and employees of the State and local government institutions, the Council for the Judiciary, after hearing the proposals of the Supreme Court, decided to propose amendments to the law “On Remuneration of Officials and Employees of State and Local Government Authorities”.
1 March, 2018

Meeting of the ENCJ working group in Riga

On 22-23 February, a meeting of the Dialogue Group was held in the framework of the project "Independence, Accountability and Quality of the Judiciary" carried out by the European Network of Councils for the Judiciary (ENCJ) in which representatives of the Councils for the Judiciary from the Netherlands, Norway, Hungary and Ireland participated.
20 February, 2018

With the establishment of Zemgale District Court on March 1, the territorial reform of the courts is completed

According to the territorial reform of courts of first instance, on March 1, 2018, the district courts of Aizkraukle, Bauska, Dobele, Jekabpils, Ogre and Tukums and respective Land Register Offices will be reorganized, merging them with Jelgava City Court and the corresponding Land Register Office and changing the name of the court and naming it– Zemgale District Court and, accordingly, Land Register Office of Zemgale District Court.