Authority of a Plenary Session

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THE PLENARY SESSION OF THE SUPREME COURT:

  • Nominates the candidature of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court for confirmation in the SaeimaOn 24.April 2015, candidature of Ivars Bickovics was nominated for confirmation in the Saeima;
  • Provides opinion, whether grounds exist for the removal from office of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court or the Prosecutor General;
  • Elects the Chairs of the Supreme Court Departments. Peteris Dzalbe, the Chair of the Department of Criminal Cases – on 22 April 2016, Veronika Krumina, the Chair of the Department of Administrative Cases – on 14 December 2017, Aigars Strupiss, the Chair of the Department of Civil Cases  on 10 September 2018;
  • Elects one member of the Central Elections Commission from among judges. On 6 March 2015, Peteris Dzalbe was elected in the office of the member of the Central Elections Commission;  
  • Nominates two candidates for the position of the Constitutional Court Judges from among the judges of the Republic of Latvia. Since 2014, Aldis Lavins, nominated by the Plenary Session of the Supreme Court, has held office of a judge of the Constitutional Court, since 2017 – Janis Neimanis;  
  • Elects one member of the Council for the Judiciary from among the judges of the Supreme Court. On 10 September 2018, Aigars Strupiss was elected to the Office of the Chair of the Disciplinary Court;
  • Elects six members of the Disciplinary Court and appoints the Chair of the Disciplinary Court from among them. On 10 September 2018, Inara Garda was elected in the office of the Chair of the Disciplinary Court;
  • Analyses and provides an assessment of the results from the previous year’s work of the Supreme Court, report on financial and administrative activities, discusses prospective tasks;
  • Discusses topical issues on interpretations of legal provisions (Prior to amendments to the law “On Judicial Power” of 3 December 2002, the Plenary Session was authorised to adopt explanations on application of laws as decisions, which were mandatory for courts.  The Constitutional Court, with its decision of 4 February 2003, admitted Section 49, Paragraph Two of the law “On Judicial Power” (in wording effective before 03.12.2003) to be incomplying with Article 1 and Article 83 of the Constitution of the Republic of Latvia);
  • The Plenary Session, as an institution of judicial self–government, may discuss any topical issue of the Supreme Court or the judicial system.

 

Decisions of the Plenary Session

It is possible to vote “for”, “against” or “to abstain from voting”.

The vote is open, unless the Plenary Session decides otherwise. When electing officials or giving statement upon dismissal of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court or removal of the Prosecutor General from the office, the vote shall take place in closed regime.

Decision of the Plenary Session is adopted by majority of votes present. Decision upon dismissal of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court or removal of the Prosecutor General from the Office is adopted, if not less than two-thirds of total number of judges of the Supreme Court have voted for it.

Decisions adopted in open meeting and operative part of the decision adopted in closed meetings of the Plenary Session is information of general accessibility and it is published on the web site of the Supreme Court.