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8 May, 2012

On decisions of the Board of Justice of the 7th of May

Judicial conference, in which new Commission on Judicial Ethics will be elected, will take place on the 24th of May. Saving budget funds allocated to courts, it was decided to organise conference extramurally, using information technologies. The Board of Justice made amendments to Regulation of Judicial Conference on the 7th of May, stating that conference may also be organised in electronic form (e-conference) and e-conference may elect institutions of judicial self-government in secret electronic voting. Regulation of Commission on Judicial Ethics is also amended providing an opportunity to nominate and elect members of Commission on Judicial Ethics in electronic elections.
8 May, 2012

The Saeima’s Legal Affairs Committee invites the Board of Justice to a joint session

On Tuesday, the 8th of May, at 12.00 o’clock, joint session of the Saeima’s Legal Affairs Committee, The Board of Justice and the representative of the Cabinet of Ministers in international human rights institutions will take place in Red Hall of the Saeima (the Parliament). Participants will discuss report of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs “About Cases Reviewed by the European Court on Human Rights, in which imperfection of operation of national courts was reason of claims submitted”.
2 April, 2012

Decisions of the Board of Justice adopted in session on the 2nd of April

The Board of Justice agrees to concept of implementation of “clear court instances”, indicating simultaneously that further concrete steps of reorganization of Latvian court system should be evaluated and coordinated with the Council of Justice. Concept prepared by the Ministry of Justice and presented at the session of the Council of Justice on the 2nd of April, provides transition to a system, in which district court will be the first court instance in all cases – both civil and criminal, regional court will be an appellate instance and the Senate of the Supreme Court will be cassation instance. It means that Chambers of the Supreme Court will be removed.
14 February, 2012

About decisions of the Board of Justice made in session of 13th of February

To use knowledge and experience obtained by highly qualified judges effectively, the Board of Justice supported 70 years as maximum age for execution of duties for judges of courts of all levels, providing opportunity to continue execute duties of judge until all cases that were started with participation of the judge are reviewed. Reviewing possible amendments to the law “On Judicial Power”, which provide changes in procedure of termination of judicial duties, the Board of Justice concludes that it should be necessary to reject from present difference in maximum age which is 65 years for judges of district (city) courts and regional courts and 70 years – for judges of the Supreme Court.
10 February, 2012

The Board of Justice will discuss maximum age of judges and termination of duties when achieving it

On Monday, the 13th of February, the Board of Justice will discuss creation of mechanism of termination of judicial vocational powers and will establish courts in which judges appointed by the Saeima (the Parliament) will execute their duties, as well as will discuss other issues. Subcommission on Judicial Politics of Legal Commission of the Saeima asked the Board of Justice to express opinion about possible amendments to the law “On Judicial Power”, which would provide creation of mechanism of termination of judicial vocational powers, giving up vote of the Saeima about discharge of a judge from the post in cases when maximum age of execution of duties is reached.
11 January, 2012

On decisions of the Board of Justice of the 10th of January

More broaden discussions in session of the Board of Justice on the 10th of January, touched structural reforms of court system related to proposals for draft law “Amendments to the Criminal Procedure Law”, prepared by the Ministry of Justice.
13 December, 2011

The Board of Justice supports appointment of managers of Administrative district court in posts

The Board of Justice in its session on the 13th of December supported repeated appointment of Ilze Freimane for the post of the Chair of the Administrative district court for the term of five years. Ilze Freimane has run the Administrative district court since 2006. She organised court work successfully, court houses of the Administrative district court started operating in Jelgava, Liepaja, Rezekne and Valmiera. When deciding about aptitude of I. Freimane for the post of the Chair of the Administrative district court the candidate selection committee evaluated reputation of candidate, her professional experience and authority among court body and other judges.
28 November, 2011

First year of operation of the Board of Justice is appreciated at the Judicial Conference

Latvian Judicial Conference, which took place on the 25th of November, was the first judicial conference convened by the Board of Justice, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court addressed judges also as the Chair of the Board of Justice for the first time. “The first year of operation of the Council of Justice has marked place and role of this institution in activity and development of judiciary. Experience of the first year showed ability of the Board of Justice to work, as well as its opportunities which haven’t been used yet”, Ivars Bickovics pointed out.
21 November, 2011

Decisions adopted in the session of the Board of Justice on the 21st of November

Budget request of courts is supported In its session on the 21st of November, the Board of Justice supported budget request of the Supreme Court and budget request of regional courts and district (city) courts, summarised by the Ministry of Justice, for year 2012.
28 October, 2011

The Board of Justice determines where judges should execute their duties

The Board of Justice determined courts for new judges appointed in the post by the Saeima (the Parliament) on the 13th of October to execute their duties: for Agnese Svike it is court of Latgales district of Riga city, for Andris Vasilevskis it is court of Ziemelu district of Riga city, and for Diana Makarova it is Riga court house of Administrative district court. The Board of Justice instructed Indra Meldere, the judge of Administrative district court, to execute duties of the judge of Administrative regional court during temporary absence of the judge.