Appointment and confirmation of judges

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A judge of the Supreme Court shall be appointed by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court on the basis of a positive opinion of the general meeting of judges of the relevant department.

If a person being already a judge approved by the Saeima in a lower court is nominated for the position of a judge of the Supreme Court, the decision shall be adopted by the Council for the Judiciary. If a person who is not a judge is nominated for the position of a Supreme Court judge, he/she shall be approved by the Saeima without setting a time limit for the term of office.

On the proposal of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court the general meeting of the respective department may appoint a judge of another department to serve as a judge in the said department.

With amendments to the law “On Judicial Power” of 30 April 2015, the procedure of work of former judges of chambers of the Supreme Court is determined. Transitional Provisions to the law state that the Council for the Judiciary, upon joint proposal of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and the Minister of Justice instructs the judge of the Chamber of Criminal Cases of the Supreme Court and the judge of the Chamber of Civil Cases of the Supreme Court, who are not transferred to the office of the judge of the department of the Supreme Court until expiration of term of operation of the respective chamber, to discharge judicial duties in another appellate instance court. The judge receives salary and extra payment for length of service that was determined to him or her as the judge of the chamber of the Supreme Court.

These judges are entitled to participate in the competition for the vacancy of a judge of the department of the Supreme Court. If a judge of the Supreme Court, instructed to perform the duties of a judge in the court of appeal, and another candidate to vacancy, have received the same assessment, the preference is given to a judge of the Supreme Court. The judge is appointed by the Council for the Judiciary on the proposal of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

2017

07.03.2017. On execution of duties of a judge of the Department of Administrative Cases for the term of a temporary absence a judge 

10.01.2017.  On execution of duties of a judge of the Department of Administrative Cases for the term of a temporary absence a judge  

2016

01.12.2016. On appointment of Zane Petersone as judge of the Department of Civil Cases

28.11.2016. Decision of the Council for the Judiciary No.86. On instruction of A. Dundurs, judge of the Supreme Court, to execute duties of judge of Riga Regional Court

28.11.2016. Decision of the Council for the Judiciary No.85.  On instruction of D. Jansone, judge of the Supreme Court, to execute duties of judge of Riga Regional Court

28.11.2016. Decision of the Council for the Judiciary No.84. On instruction of M. Katlapa, judge of the Supreme Court, to execute duties of judge of Riga Regional Court

28.11.2016. Decision of the Council for the Judiciary No.83.  On instruction of I. Ozola, judge of the Supreme Court, to execute duties of judge of Riga Regional Court

02.11.2016. On transfer of judge I. Bisters to a position of a judge of the Department of Civil Cases

10.03.2016. On execution of duties of a judge of the Chamber of Civil Cases for the term of a vacancy of a judge

2015

30.12.2015.  On execution of duties of a judge of the Department of Administrative Cases for the term of a vacancy of a judge  

29.09.2015.  On execution of duties of a judge of the Department of Administrative Cases for the term of a temporary absence a judge  

27.08.2015. On execution of duties of a judge of the Department of Civil Cases for the term of a vacancy of a judge  

15.06.2015. On appointment of Ivars Bickovics as the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court

08.06.2015. Decision of the Council for the Judiciary No.55 On discharge of judicial duties in Riga regional court

08.06.2015. Decision of the Council for the Judiciary No.54 On discharge of judicial duties in Riga regional court

25.05.2015.  On execution of duties of a judge of the Chamber of Civil Cases for the term of a vacancy of a judge

30.04.2015. On execution of duties of a judge of the Chamber of Civil Cases for the term of a vacancy of a judge  

30.04.2015.On execution of duties of a judge of the Department of Civil Cases for the term of a vacancy of a judge  

28.04.2015. On execution of duties of a judge of the Department of Civil Cases for the term of a vacancy of a judge  

09.02.2015. Order of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court on substitution of the judge N.Salenieks

2014

09.12. 2014. The decision of the general meeting of judges of the Department of Civil Cases of the Supreme Court regarding appointment of M.Senkane in the position of a judge of the Department of Civil Cases of the Supreme Court

20.11. 2014. The decision of the general meeting of judges of the Department of Criminal Cases of the Supreme Court regarding appointment of A.Branta and A.Polakova in the position of judges of the Department of Criminal Cases of the Supreme Court

11.11. 2014. The decision of the general meeting of judges of the Department of Civil Cases of the Supreme Court regarding appointment of I.Lauka in the position of a judge of the Department of Civil Cases of the Supreme Court

04.07.2014. Order of the  Chief Justice of the Supreme Court regarding the appointment of A.Strupiss in the position of a judge of the Department of Civil Cases

25.04.2014. Order of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court on reinstatement of A.Branta in the office of a judge of the Chamber of Criminal Cases

08.04.2014. The decision of the general meeting of the Judges of the Department of Civil Cases of the Supreme Court regarding the appointment of A.Keiss in the position of the Judge of the Department of Civil Cases of the Supreme Court

12.03.2014. Order of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court about execution of duties of a judge of the Chamber of Civil Cases for the term of a vacancy of the judge

 

2013

27.12.2013. Order of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court about execution of duties of a judge of the Chamber of Civil Cases for the term of a vacancy of the judge

27.12.2013. Order of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court about execution of duties of a judge of the Chamber of Civil Cases for the term of a vacancy of the judge

09.12.2013. The decision of the general meeting of the Senators of the Department of Civil Cases of the Senate of the Supreme Court regarding the appointment of A.Cernavska in the position of the Judge of the Department of Civil Cases of the Supreme Court

09.12.2013. The decision of the general meeting of the Senators of the Department of Civil Cases of the Senate of the Supreme Court Senate regarding the appointment of Ļ.Kušnires in the position of the Judge of the Department of Civil Cases of the Supreme Court

03.06.2013. Order of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court about execution of duties of a judge of the Chamber of Civil Cases for the term of a vacancy of the judge

29.04.2013. Order of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court about execution of duties of a judge of the Chamber of Civil Cases for the term of a vacancy of the judge

29.04.2013. The decision of the general meeting of the Senators of the Department of Civil Cases of the Supreme Court Senate regarding the appointment of V. Maksimovs in the position of the Senator of the Department of Civil Cases of the Senate

18.02.2013. Order of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court about execution of duties of a judge of the Chamber of Criminal Cases for the term of a vacancy of the judge

07.02.2013. Order of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court about execution of duties of a judge of the Chamber of Criminal Cases for the term of a vacancy of the judge

 

2012

06.06.2012. The decision of the general meeting of the Senators of the Department of Criminal Cases of the Supreme Court Senate regarding the appointment of P. Opincāns in the position of the Senator of the Department of Criminal Cases of the Senate

02.05.2012. Order of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court regarding the confirmation of L.Slica in the position of the Senator of the Department of Administrative Cases of the Senate

14.03.2012. Order of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court about execution of duties of a judge of the Chamber of Civil Cases for the term of a vacancy of the judge

 

2011

31.05.2011. Order of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court regarding temporary fulfillment of the duties of the Senator of the Department of Administrative Cases of the Senate

31.05.2011. Order of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court about execution of duties of a judge of the Chamber of Civil Cases for the term of a vacancy of the judge

18.05.2011. The decision of the general meeting of the Senators of the Department of Civil Cases of the Supreme Court Senate regarding the appointment of V.Cirule in the position of the Senator of the Department of Civil Cases of the Senate

28.03.2011. The instruction of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court regarding the confirmation of D.Jansone in the position of the Judge of th Chamber of Civil Cases of the Supreme Court

01.02.2011. Order of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court about execution of duties of a judge of the Chamber of Criminal Cases for the term of a vacancy of the judge

19.01.2011. The decision of the general meeting of the Senators of the Department of Criminal Cases of the Supreme Court Senate regarding the appointment of I.Radzevica in the position of the Senator of the Department of Criminal Cases of the Senate

03.01.2010. Order of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court about execution of duties of a judge of the Chamber of Criminal Cases for the term of a vacancy of the judge

 

2010

27.12.2010. The instruction of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court regarding the confirmation of V. Maksimovs in the position of the Judge of the Chamber of Civil Cases of the Supreme Court

27.12.2010. The instruction of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court regarding the confirmation of I. Ozola in the position of the Judge of the Chamber of Civil Cases of the Supreme Court

17.12.2010. The instruction of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court regarding the confirmation of V. Kakste in the position of the Senator of the Department of Administrative Cases of the Senate

17.12.2010. The instruction of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court regarding the confirmation of D. Treija in the position of the Judge of the Chamber of Criminal Cases of the Supreme Court

16.12.2010. The instruction of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court regarding the confirmation of L. Kusnere in the position of the Judge of the Chamber of Civil Cases of the Supreme Court

25.11.2010. The decision of the general meeting of the Senators of the Department of Civil Cases of the Supreme Court regarding the appointment of Normunds Salenieks in the position of the Senator of the Department of Civil Cases of the Senate

19.10.2010. The instruction of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court regarding temporary fulfillment of the duties of the Senator of the Department of Administrative Cases of the Senate

18.08.2010. The instruction of the Chief Justice of the S upreme Court regarding temporary fulfillment of the duties of the Senator of the Department of Administrative Cases of the Senate

15.03.2010. The instruction of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court regarding the confirmation of I.Bisters in the position of the Judge of the Chamber of Civil Cases of the Supreme Court

26.02.2010. Order of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court about execution of duties of a judge of the Chamber of Criminal Cases for the term of a vacancy of the judge

25.02.2010. The decision of the general meeting of the Senators of the Department of Civil Cases of the Supreme Court regarding the appointment of Anda Briede in the position of the Senator of the Department of Civil Cases of the Senate

18.01.2010. Order of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court about execution of duties of a judge of the Chamber of Civil Cases for the term of a vacancy of the judge

 

2009

03.07.2009 The decision of the general meeting of the Senators of the Department of Criminal Cases of the Supreme Court Senate regarding the appointment of A.Nusberga in the position of the Senator of the Department of Criminal Cases of the Senate

 

2008

28.11.2008 The instruction of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court regarding the confirmation of A. Dundurs in the position of the Judge of the Chamber of Civil Cases of the Supreme Court

20.10.2008 The decision of the general meeting of the Senators of the Department of Civil Cases of the Supreme Court Senate regarding the appointment of A. Vitola in the position of the Senator of the Department of Civil Cases of the Senate

18.09.2008 The instruction of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court regarding the confirmation of Janis Tiltins in the position of the Judge of the Chamber of Criminal Cases of the Supreme Court

18.08.2008 The instruction of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court regarding temporary fulfillment of the duties of the Senator of the Department of Administrative Cases of the Senate

30.06.2008 The decision of the general meeting of the Senators of the Department of Administrative Cases of the Supreme Court Senate regarding the appointment of A. Gulans in the position of the Senator of the Department of Administrative Cases

25.06.2008 The instruction of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court regarding the confirmation of M. Senkane in the position of the Judge of the Chamber of Civil Cases of the Supreme Court

05.06.2008 The decision of the general meeting of the Senators of the Department of Civil Cases of the Supreme Court Senate regarding the appointment of A. Lavins in the position of the Senator of the Department of Civil Cases of the Senate

22.05.2008 The decision of the general meeting of the Senators of the Department of Civil Cases of the Supreme Court Senate regarding the appointment of I. Garda in the position of the Senator of the Department of Civil Cases of the Senate

24.04.2008 The instruction of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court regarding the confirmation of A. Lavins in the position of the Senator of the Department of Administrative Cases of the Senate

 

The amendments of April 3, 2008, to the law On Judicial Power changed the procedure under which the composition of the Departments of the Supreme Court Senate is determined. Previously it was within the competence of the Plenary Session of the Supreme Court.

You can read decisions of the Plenary Session of the Supreme Court on approval of judges in concrete structural units adopted between 2004 and 2008 here