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22 October, 2020

The Commission commences the selection of judges for the Economic Court

On Thursday, October 22, the Commission for the Selection of Judicial Candidates for District (City) Courts and Regional Courts established by the Judicial Council has commenced its work. Senator of the Supreme Court Dzintra Balta has been elected the Chair of the Commission, and Ilze Freimane, Chair of the District Administrative Court, has been elected the Deputy Chair of the Commission. The Commission has agreed on the further agenda.
20 October, 2020

A selection commission of candidates for the position of judges is established

The Judicial Council established a selection commission of candidates for the position of judges of district (city) courts and regional courts, which shall have 9 members – three senators of the Supreme Court, three judges of regional courts and three judges of district (city) courts. The commission is established for a period of three years.
20 October, 2020

The number of judges of the Department of Administrative Cases of the Senate will be increased for a period of two years

In order to strengthen the capacity of the Department of Administrative Cases of the Senate and reduce the backlog of cases, the Judicial Council has decided to increase the number of senators in the Department by two judges for the period of two years, reducing the number of judges in the Regional Administrative Court accordingly.
14 October, 2020

Sanita Osipova will represent the Constitutional Court in the Judicial Council

On October 14, the judges of the Constitutional Court unanimously elected the current Deputy President of the Constitutional Court Sanita Osipova as the President of the Constitutional Court.
30 September, 2020

Ten vacancies of judges from district (city) courts are transferred to the Economic Court

The Judicial Council agreed that ten judicial vacancies of district (city) courts shall be transferred to the Economic Court, which commences its work on January 1.
30 September, 2020

The possibility to transfer a case to another court should be maintained, but should be used as an exception

The regulation of Section 321 of the Civil Procedure Law, which allows transferring cases from one court to another, is used as a solution for levelling of workload between courts and faster examination of cases under civil procedure. The Judicial Council discussed whether this provision, which was introduced into the law for a definite period of time, should be determined as a permanent provision of the law. Practice shows that the grounds for transferring a case are not always sufficient and do not always meet an objective of this exception, i.e. to speed up the proceedings, as well as the availability of court to the participants in the proceedings is not sufficiently assessed at all times.
30 September, 2020

Dzintra Balta is re-elected the Deputy Chair of the Judicial Council

Senator Dzintra Balta has been re-elected the Deputy Chair of the Judicial Council.
29 September, 2020

On a ten-year anniversary of the Judicial Council its role in strengthening the independence and quality of the judiciary is emphasized

On September 28, the tenth anniversary of the Judicial Council was celebrated at a solemn sitting attended by the President of Latvia, the current and former members of the Judicial Council, and heads of judicial self-government institutions. Welcoming the establishment and development of an institution unprecedented in Latvia, it was emphasized that in the future the Judicial Council should further strengthen its role in the country as a whole and in the justice system.
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.