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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.
12 May, 2020

Updates to discussion on filling the vacancies of judges

According to the information provided by the Court Administration, there are currently 9 vacancies for judges in regional courts and 14 vacancies in district (city) courts. Vacancies are not filled quickly – some stay available even for more than two years, and there is no clear system regarding who makes a decision to start the process to fill a vacancy, who directs the process and how it involves the Judicial Council, which by law determines the number of judges in each court.
29 April, 2020

Eight candidates have applied for the position of Prosecutor General

Eight candidates have applied for the position of Prosecutor General announced by the Judicial Council.  The Secretariat of the Judicial Council will check whether the submitted documents certify the compliance of each applicant with the requirements set forth in Section 36 of the Office of the Prosecutor Law, i.e. age, citizenship, education, length of service, and other requirements.
16 April, 2020

The new procedure for selection of judges is approved

The Judicial Council has developed and approved a new procedure for the selection of candidates for the position of a judge of a district (city) court and regional court, which establishes a conceptually new approach to the professional standard of a judge. The purpose of the selection of candidates is to ensure that highly qualified lawyers with an impeccable reputation, appropriate professional skills and personal qualities become judges.
16 April, 2020

Changes in the number of judges in the departments of the Senate

The Judicial Council has supported the Supreme Court's proposal to change the number of judges in the departments of the Senate, namely, to redistribute one position of a judge of the Department of Civil Cases to the Department of Administrative Cases and to determine that as of 1 May there are 11 judges in the Department of Administrative Cases, 15 judges in the Department of Civil Cases and 9 judges in the Department of Criminal Cases.