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28 November, 2017

The Council for the Judiciary supports the integration of Land Registry Office judges in district (city) courts

The Council for the Judiciary conceptually supported the planned reform by the Ministry of Justice on the integration of the Land Registry Office judges in district (city) courts. It is planned that Land Registry Offices as separate structural units of district (city) courts will cease to exist on 1 January 2019.
28 November, 2017

The Council for the Judiciary does not change opinion on the abolition of the limitation on the number of terms of office of chairs of district (city) courts and regional courts

Candidates for the office of the chairs of courts have to be eligible for this position, but it is not that they always have to be other people – with such a motivation the Council for the Judiciary has already repeatedly supported the amendments to the Law "On Judicial Power" that would remove the restriction for one and the same person to serve as chair of the district (city) or regional court more than two terms in a row.
28 November, 2017

Ministry of Justice presents new project for procedure of selection and training of judges

The selection procedure for judges and the training of new judges presented to the Council for the Judiciary is fundamentally different from the current procedure for selection, traineeship and qualification examination for judges nominated for the first time.
24 November, 2017

Agenda of the Council for the Judiciary – integration of judges of Land Registry Offices in district (city) courts and new procedure for selection of judges

On Monday, November 27, at the sitting of the Council for the Judiciary, Ministry of Justice will provide an information about the plan of integration of judges of Land Registry Offices into the district (city) courts. It is planned that the integration will begin in 2019. As Land Registry Offices cease to exist as a structural units of district (city) courts, the competence of judges of Land Registry Offices will be increased regarding the examination of civil cases in connection with legal evidence in a case.
13 November, 2017

Issues related to career of judges

By the decision of the Saeima of 12 October 2017 the Council for the Judiciary appointed Dainis Locs, judge of Land Registry Office of a district (city) court, to fulfill the duties of a judge of the Land Registry Office of Riga City Vidzeme District Court.
13 November, 2017

Judge Zigmunds Dundurs is elected to the Council for the Judiciary

On Saturday, November 10, Zigmunds Dundurs, judge of Riga City Vidzeme District Court, was elected as a representative of district (city) courts in the Council for the Judiciary by means of electronic voting.
3 November, 2017

The conference emphasizes three aspects of judicial independence: external independence, independence of the system and judge's independence

The central axis of the concept of the independence of a judge is a judge as personality – as emphasized by Ivars Bickovics, Chair of the Councilf for the Judiciary and the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, on Friday, November 3, at the Latvian Judges’ Conference.
30 October, 2017

Adviser to the Council for the Judiciary takes part in the experience exchange program in Brussels

In October, Dace Sulmane, Adviser to the Secretariat of the Council for the Judiciary, participated in the short-term exchange program organized by the European Network of Councils for the Judiciary (ENCJ) in Brussels. The purpose of the program is to promote the capacity and understanding of the employees of the Councils for the Judiciary of Member States on the formation and organization of work agenda of the ENCJ, as well as the work of the institutions in Brussels.
26 October, 2017

The Constitutional Court recognizes the system of judges' remuneration inconsistent with the Constitution

Today, on October 26, by the judgment of the Constitutional Court, in the case on the system of judges' remuneration, which was initiated following the application of the Council for the Judiciary, it is established that the provisions, stipulating that judge’s monthly salary is determined by linking it to salary of highly qualified lawyer of direct public administration institution with an appropriate wage rate, are not in conformity with the Sections 83 and 107 of the Constitution.
17 October, 2017

The Council for the Judiciary critically evaluates request for judicial budget 2018

The Council for the Judiciary acknowledges that the request for judicial budget for 2018 approved by the Cabinet of Ministers in the part of the remuneration does not correspond to the reform of the salaries of judges started in 2017. The Council for the Judiciary considers it unacceptable that the Ministry of Finance, contrary to the priorities submitted by the Ministry of Justice and supported by the Council for the Judiciary, has changed the budget request of both the Ministry of Justice and the Supreme Court.