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8 December, 2012

The Board of Justice will define its opinion in the case initiated by the CC on regulation prohibiting judges to operate in political parties

On Monday, the 10th of December, the Board of Justice will hold its session, in which list for regular assessment of professional work of judges for year 2013 will be approved. According to Item 41 of Transitional Provisions of the law “On Judicial Power”, the Judicial Qualification Board shall perform the regular evaluation of the professional work of judges of Land Registry Offices, district (city) courts, regional courts and the Supreme Court for the first time from 1 January 2013 until 1 January 2016. Pursuant to the recommendation of the Minister for Justice and the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, the Council of Justice shall approve the list of judges, according to those in succession for which the evaluation of the professional work of a judge is performed.
23 November, 2012

The Board of Justice decides upon issues related to judicial careers

The Board of Justice in its session on the 20th of November in written proceedings, supported appointment of ten heads of district departments of land register in their posts. Ingrida Bruvere is appointed for 5-year term in the post of the Head of department of land register of Aluksne district court; Vija Puzule – in Balvi district; Inese Kirsteine – in Cesis district; Dainida Sarma – in Jurmala city; Elina Volika – in Ludza district; Baiba Caunite – in Madona district; Lidija Micule – in Preili district; Marite Hazenfuse – in Tukums district; Lolita Marovska – in Valmiera district and Gunars Silins is appointed for the post of the head of department of land register of Rezekne city court.
6 November, 2012

The Board of Justice recommends keeping title of the Supreme Court

The Board of Justice expresses opinion that title of the Supreme Court should be kept also after structural reforms of court system, when the Supreme Court will operate as a cassation instance only. Romans Apsitis and Sanita Osipova, experts in field of history of law and constitutional law, told to Judicial Policy Subcommittee of the Legal Affairs Committee of the Saeima that the Supreme Court as a cassation instance should be named the Senate after reform would be implemented, as it was in interwar Latvia. In his turn, Linards Mucins expressed an opinion that title of the Supreme Court should not be changed. Believing that this issue should be discussed by judiciary first of all, the Saeima’s Subcommittee asked the Board of Justice to propose of further title that should be given to the Supreme Court and if its change is linked with amendments to the Constitution, as at present the Supreme Court is mentioned in the Constitution as the highest court instance.
5 November, 2012

Judicial conference listens to reports of executive power, the Board of Justice and institutions of judicial self-government

“The second year of operation of the Board of Justice has strengthened role of this institution in balancing relations among executive power, judiciary and legislator, opinion and proposals of the Board of Justice were heard and taken into account more seriously than it was in the first year of its operation”, summarised Ivars Bickovics, the Chair of the Board of Justice and the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court in Latvian Judicial Conference on the 2nd of November. In his report, the Chief Justice informed about issues reviewed by the Board of Justice in its second operation year.
24 October, 2012

The Board of Justice instructs Normunds Rinkis to be manager of judicial conference

Two sessions of the Board of Justice took place in written proceedings in October. In one session, members of the Board of Justice elected manager and secretary of judicial conference of November 2. Duties of manager of the conference are transferred to Normunds Rinkis, the judge of Riga regional court, and duties of secretary are given to Vita Vjatere, the judge of Riga city Kurzeme district court.
1 October, 2012

On issues reviewed in the session of the Board of Justice on the 1st of October

One of main subjects in annual Latvian Judicial Conference that will take place on the 2nd of November will be dedicated to court work according to European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms – the agenda of the conference approved by the Board of Justice today states. Kristine Lice, representative of the Cabinet of Ministers in international institutions of human rights, is invited to report on topical issues about cases of Latvia in the European Court of Human Rights, and Juris Jansons, the ombudsman, will give his evaluation about observing of the European Convention on Human Rights in court work. The conference is organised in cooperation with the University of Latvia, so lecturers of the Faculty of Law will read reports there. The Supreme Court will present research about case-law of the European Court of Human Rights in rulings of the Supreme Court.
17 September, 2012

Representatives of the Board of Justice look for experience in Poland

On September 17-19, the delegation of Latvian Board of Justice managed by the Chair of the Board, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Ivars Bickovics, will stay in Warsaw to exchange experience. Delegation consists of members of the Board of Justice, Andris Strauts, the Chair of Latgale regional court and Ilze Freimane, the Chair of the Administrative district court.
28 August, 2012

On issues discussed in session of the Board of Justice on the 27th of August

The Board of Justice supported budget request of regional courts and district (city) courts summarised by the Ministry of Justice and budget request presented by the Supreme Court for year 2013. Budget request of regional courts and district (city) courts for 2013 is for 8% or LVL 2 256 099 more than budget planned for year 2012. Increase of budget is planned for two positions: expenses related to moving of Riga court house of Administrative district court and of court of Ziemelu district of Riga city to new premises, as well as to increase salary of court employees for LVL 40 and to insure court employees.
20 June, 2012

The Board of Justice determines the court in which the judge I. Usakova will execute her duties of a judge

The decision of the Board of Justice states that the judge Inese Usakova appointed by the Saeima for the post of the judge of district (city) court on the 14th of June will execute duties of the judge in the court of Latgale Suburb of Riga city.
18 June, 2012

On decisions adopted in session of the Board of Justice on the 18th of June

In order to promote continuous professional development of judges during all judicial careers, it has been planned to reject previous system of qualification classes stating regular evaluation of professional activity of judges once in five years, as well as extracurricular evaluation when deciding about transfer or replacement of a judge instead.