The following three strategic objectives - independence of the judiciary, efficiency of its work and public confidence in the judiciary – are set as a priority by the Council for the Judiciary, when confirming the strategy of activity of 2017-2019. The document approved by the Council for the Judiciary also includes most important tasks to achieve these objectives.
From 1 January of this year, a new structural unit has commenced its work at the Supreme Court – Secretariat of the Council for the Judiciary. Its basic function is ensuring the operation of the Council for the Judiciary.
Instruction on replacement of higher court judges: the Council for the Judiciary instructed a judge of Regional Administrative Court Anita Kovalevska to replace judge of the Supreme Court during temporary absence of a judge.
Pursuant to decision of 28 November 2016, the Council for the Judiciary affirmed the reorganization plan of Riga City Zemgale District Court and Riga City Kurzeme District Court which provides for merging of Zemgale District Court with Kurzeme District Court. The reorganized court will be called the Riga City Pardaugava Court, from 1 February.
21 December, the Constitutional Court instituted proceedings in case of “Compliance of Article 4, section 9 and Article 61, section 1 of Law on Remuneration of Officials and Employees of State and Local Government Authorities with Articles 83 and 107 of the Satversme (Constitution of the Republic of Latvia”. 21. The proceedings were initiated based on application by the Council for the Judiciary.
Council for the Judiciary assigned the judges of the Chamber of Civil Cases of the Supreme Court, Ineta Ozola, Mara Katlapa, Dace Jansone and Arnis Dundurs to fulfill the duties of a judge in Riga Regional Court, starting from 1 January 2017.
Having heard information of the Ministry of Justice, the Council for the Judiciary supports reorganization of Riga City Zemgale Suburb Court and Kurzeme District Court. The reorganization plan provides incorporation of Riga City Zemgale Suburb Court action territory in City of Riga Kurzeme District Court, thus possibly establishing a court with new name. Reorganization scheduled for 1 February of the following year.
The Council for the Judiciary supports promotion of the judge of Supreme Court of the Department of Administrative Cases, Janis Neimanis, to position of judge in the Constitutional Court. The Council for the Judiciary adopted the decision in sitting of 28 November.
6 October, the European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ) publishes Report No 23 on judicial system in 45 European countries and one CEPEJ observer state (Israel). 2016 edition is created using 2014 data.
In the framework of the annual visit of the European Semester on November 10, Ines Hartwig, the representative of the European Commission's Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers, met with Sandra Strence, member of the Judicial Council, and Dace Sulmane, advisor to the Judicial Council, in order to gain an insight into Latvia’s progress in strengthening the independence of the judiciary. Ines Hartwig found that in terms of the latest statistics of the EU Justice Scoreboard Latvia has achieved good performance characteristics, but special attention should be paid to independence issues.
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