Management and structural units

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The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court

The work of the Supreme Court is managed by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, nominated by the Plenary Session from among Judges in office and appointed by the Saeima (the Parliament) for five years. 
The Chief Justice, after terminating his/her office, continues to perfom judicial duties in one of the Senate's departments.

Authority of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court is set in the law “On Judicial Power”, as well as in other laws – Law, Judicial Disciplinary Liability Law, and Office of the Prosecutor Law, as well as the Advocacy Law, Notary’s Office Law, the Law on Bailiffs and Investigatory Operations Law. See more information here.

Since 2008, being re-approved in 2015, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court has been Ivars Bickovics.

 

Substitution of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court

During temporary absence the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, upon his/her instruction shall be substituted by one of Chairs of departments.

The Supreme Court departments are cassation instance, if the law does not state otherwise. There are three departments in the Supreme Court – the Department of Civil Cases, the Department of Criminal Cases and the Department of Administrative Cases. See more information here

 

Other structural units

Execution of certain functions of the Supreme Court is ensured by the Division of Case-Law and Research and the Division Ensuring the Secrecy Regime.

Management of financial and economical activities of the Supreme Court is ensured by the Administration of the Supreme Court, which consists of five divisions and the Chancery of the Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court also esnures the operation of the Council for the Judiciary.