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4 June, 2019

The Council for the Judiciary does not support the establishment of a specialized economic court in Latvia

While recognizing that specialized judges are necessary for a high-quality proceedings, the Council for the Judiciary does not give consent to the creation of a separate specialized economic court. The Council for the Judiciary acknowledged that the establishment of such a court is currently lacking sufficient arguments and justification, as well as an assessment of the consequences.
4 June, 2019

The biggest challenge for the Court Administration is the E-case project

The Council for the Judiciary heard a report of the Court Administration on the performance results in 2018.
4 June, 2019

The Latvian justice system has positive indicators according to assessment of European justice systems

The Council for the Judiciary took note of a report of the EU Justice Scoreboard 2019, which is the latest European Commission’s report on the performance results of the European Union in the area of ​​justice.
30 May, 2019

The Council for the Judiciary will evaluate the new concept for the selection of judges and the intention to establish an economic court

On Monday, June 3, a meeting of the Council for the Judiciary will take place, during which the Council for the Judiciary will consider the new procedure for the selection, traineeship and taking of qualification examination of a candidate to the office of a judge. The aim of developing a new selection procedure for judicial candidates is to introduce a conceptually new approach that meets the modern requirements for the office of a judge.
29 April, 2019

The Commission for evaluation of candidates for the position of chairs of courts and courthouses is set up

The Council for the Judiciary elected judges Dzintra Balta and Guntars Plorins as the representatives of the Council in the Commission to assess the suitability of candidates to position of chairs and deputy chairs of district (city) courts and regional courts and to position of chairs of courthouses. Dzintra Balta will be the head of this Commission.
29 April, 2019

Until next year, the procedure for selecting judicial candidates remains unchanged

The Council for the Judiciary extended the validity of the current procedure for selection, traineeship and taking of qualification examination of a candidate to the office of a judge until January 1, 2020, for the elaboration of a new procedure is related to amendments to the Law “On Judicial Power”, which is still in the preparation process.
26 February, 2019

When approving the courts’ budget request, the Council for the Judiciary points to the noncompetitive remuneration of the judicial employees

The Council for the Judiciary supported the budget request of regional courts and district (city) courts prepared by the Ministry of Justice, as well as the Supreme Court’s budget request for this year. At the same time, the decision recalls the need to increase the remuneration of the judicial employees, which has now become critically uncompetitive.
26 February, 2019

The procedure for nominating and appointing chairs, deputy-chairs of courts and chairs of courthouses is developed

The Council for the Judiciary completed the elaboration of the procedure for nominating and appointing chairs and deputy-chairs of district (city) courts and regional courts, as well as chairs of courthouses.
21 February, 2019

Public confidence in the courts gradually increases

The results of public surveys on trust in state and public institutions in recent years show positive trends regarding increase of public confidence in the courts.
1 February, 2019

Latvian judges take part in a survey for European judges

Today, February 1, the European Network of Councils for the Judiciary (ENCJ) is launching a survey of judges, examining the judges' view on aspects of the judiciary and the independence of judges in their countries. The survey data will be extensively analysed and further used in the development of the EU Justice Scoreboard and in the elaboration of judicial policy documents of the Member States. The previous survey was carried out at the end of 2016; about 12 000 judges from 26 European countries took part in it.