Starting from 13 March, judge of Regional Court Anita Kovalevska executes duties of a judge of the Department of Administrative Cases of the Supreme Court due to temporary absence of a judge.
Chairs of departments during the meeting convened by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court settled the issue addressed by a judge of the Administrative District Court on jurisdiction of a case.
On 1 March the amendments to the Administrative Procedure Law came into force, which prevent the shortcomings of current regulatory framework identified in practice, as well as provide new opportunities for making the administrative proceedings more effective.
Since Monday, 6 March, the judge of the Department of Administrative Cases of the Supreme Court Jautrite Briede is working in Kiev, at the Supreme Court of Ukraine, and carrying out duties of long-term expert in the framework of Twinning project “Strengthening the institutional capacity of the Supreme Court of Ukraine in the field of human rights protection at the national level.”
Strategy of external communication of the judicial system of Latvia got high appraisal in the most prominent competition of the Baltic States in the communication sector "Mi:t&Links. Baltic Communication Awards 2017" - a gold award in the category of "Issues and Crisis Management" and a silver award in "Public Affairs".
3 March, Chairs of the Departments during the Plenary Session on annual report of work of the Supreme Court pointed out that the reform of so-called “clean” three-instance court system and the related regulatory framework have highlighted the issue of transparency of selection of judges of departments and substantiation of individual solutions, as well as role of departments in this process.
Already for a second year there is a positive tendency – the significant decrease in accumulation of cases of the Supreme Court. At the beginning of 2015 there were 3,949 cases pending, yet at the beginning of 2017 there were 1,849 cases pending, which is 2.1 times less.
The Supreme Court has successfully concluded the year 2016 which was the year of two significant judicial reforms in the history of courts of Latvia. Now, the Supreme Court is ready to operate having new status, being merely the cassation instance, as was stated by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Ivars Bickovics at the Plenary Session of 3 March.
On Friday, March 3, the Supreme Court's Plenary Session from among judges of the Department of Criminal Cases re-elected Inguna Radzevica as member of the Disciplinary Court.
In order to strengthen confidence in a professional, fair and trustworthy court, the judges of the Supreme Court should take part in developing the judicial system of Latvia and participate in political discussions related to judiciary. The issue was stressed by the President of the State Raimonds Vejonis in his greeting to participants of the Plenary Session of 3 March.
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