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30 September, 2020

Ten vacancies of judges from district (city) courts are transferred to the Economic Court

The Judicial Council agreed that ten judicial vacancies of district (city) courts shall be transferred to the Economic Court, which commences its work on January 1.
30 September, 2020

The possibility to transfer a case to another court should be maintained, but should be used as an exception

The regulation of Section 321 of the Civil Procedure Law, which allows transferring cases from one court to another, is used as a solution for levelling of workload between courts and faster examination of cases under civil procedure. The Judicial Council discussed whether this provision, which was introduced into the law for a definite period of time, should be determined as a permanent provision of the law. Practice shows that the grounds for transferring a case are not always sufficient and do not always meet an objective of this exception, i.e. to speed up the proceedings, as well as the availability of court to the participants in the proceedings is not sufficiently assessed at all times.
30 September, 2020

Dzintra Balta is re-elected the Deputy Chair of the Judicial Council

Senator Dzintra Balta has been re-elected the Deputy Chair of the Judicial Council.
29 September, 2020

On a ten-year anniversary of the Judicial Council its role in strengthening the independence and quality of the judiciary is emphasized

On September 28, the tenth anniversary of the Judicial Council was celebrated at a solemn sitting attended by the President of Latvia, the current and former members of the Judicial Council, and heads of judicial self-government institutions. Welcoming the establishment and development of an institution unprecedented in Latvia, it was emphasized that in the future the Judicial Council should further strengthen its role in the country as a whole and in the justice system.
10 July, 2020

Support for priority actions of courts for the next three years

When planning the budget for the coming years, the Cabinet of Ministers hears the opinion of the Judicial Council on the priorities of the court budget. Having evaluated the priority measures applied for by the Supreme Court and the priority measures applied by the Ministry of Justice for district (city) courts, regional courts and intersectoral priority actions in the budget of 2021–2023, the Judicial Council supported them.
16 June, 2020

The Judicial Council will henceforth be chaired by Aigars Strupiss

According to the Law “On Judicial Power”, the head of the Judicial Council is the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. Consequently, as of June 16, 2020, when Aigars Strupiss becomes the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, he also becomes the Chair of the Judicial Council.
11 June, 2020

A chair of a court may initiate an extraordinary assessment of the professional activity of a judge

On June 11, amendments to the Law “On Judicial Power” come into force, which expand the bases of extraordinary assessment of the professional activity of judges. An extraordinary assessment shall be carried out by the Judicial Qualification Committee not only when deciding on the transfer or replacement of a judge, but also on the basis of a decision of the Judicial Disciplinary Committee, and it shall also be possible for chairs of courts to do so if conditions of professional activity have been identified which are linked to significant shortcomings in the organization of work or insufficient knowledge of a judge, which is an obstacle to the quality of the proceedings.
11 June, 2020

The administrative immunity of judges is waived

Amendments to the Judicial Disciplinary Liability Law and to the Law “On Judicial Power” come into force on 11 June, extending the limitation period for disciplinary liability of judges, waiving the immunity of judges in administrative violation cases, as well as clarifying the regulations for suspending a judge from office.
11 June, 2020

The new procedure for the selection of candidates for the position of judge enters into force

On June 11, along with the amendments to the Law “On Judicial Power”, the new procedure for the selection of candidates for the position of judge, developed and approved by the Judicial Council, enters into force.
3 June, 2020

The Judicial Council will evaluate the candidates for the position of Prosecutor General

The Judicial Council will hear the candidates for the position of Prosecutor General on Monday, 8 June and on Tuesday, 9 June, and will decide on the most suitable candidate to be nominated for appointment.