Composition

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In accordance with Section 892 of the law “On Judicial Power”, the composition of the Council for the Judiciary consists of 15 members – eight permanent members (officials) and seven elected members.

The Council for the Judiciary has the following permanent members:

1) The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court;

2) The President of the Constitutional Court;

3) The Minister of Justice;

4) The Chairperson of the Legal Affairs Committee of the Saeima;

5) The Prosecutor General;

6) The Chair of the Latvian Council of Sworn Advocates;

7) The Chair of the Latvian Council of Sworn Notaries;

8) The Chair of the Latvian Council of Sworn Bailiffs.

A permanent member (official) may authorise another person for the participation in a meeting of the Council for the Judiciary.

 

The Council for the Judiciary has following elected members:  

1) A judge elected by the Plenary Session of the Supreme Court; and

2) Six judges elected by a conference of judges.

The Judicial Conference elects one member of the Council for the Judiciary from among judges of Land Registry offices; three members are elected from among judges of district (city) courts and two judges are elected from among judges of regional courts.

The term of office of an elected member of the Council for the Judiciary shall be four years. The member may be re-elected, but not more than twice in succession The status of an elected member of the Council for the Judiciary may not be consistent with the fulfilment of the duties of a member of the Judicial Disciplinary Committee, a member of the Disciplinary Court, a member of the Judicial Qualification Committee or a member of the Judicial Ethics Commission.

The Ombudsman and the Director of the Court Administration or the authorised representatives thereof, a representative delegated by an expert in jurisprudence approved by the Latvian Academy of Sciences, as well as representatives from associations of judges may participate in the work of the Council for the Judiciary in an advisory capacity.

Judges elected at Judges’ Conference on 5 September 2014 with the Chair of the Council for the Judiciary. From the left: Andris Strauts, Adrija Kasakovska, Ilze Freimane, Ivars Bickovics, Inara Jaunzeme, Sandra Strence, Aigars Sniedzitis 

Composition of the Council for the Judiciary

Officials:

Ivars BICKOVICS, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, the Chair of the Council for the Judiciary

Aldis LAVINS, the President of the Constitutional Court  

Dzintars RASNACS, the Minister of Justice

Gaidis BERZINS, the Chair of the Legal Affairs Committee of the Saeima

Eriks KALNMEIERS, the Prosecutor General

Janis ROZENBERGS, Chair of the Council of Sworn Advocates

Sandra STIPNIECE, the Chair of the Council of Sworn Notaries

Andris SPORE, the Chair of the Council of Sworn Bailiffs 

 

The judge elected at the Plenary Session of the Supreme Court on 15 September 2014:

Inara GARDA, the judge of the Department of Civil Cases of the Supreme Court

 

Judges elected at the Latvian Judicial Conference on 5 September 2014:

Sandra STRENCE, the judge of Riga Regional Court  

Andris STRAUTS, the Chair of Latgale Regional Court  

Ilze FREIMANE, the Chair of Administrative District Court

Adrija KASAKOVSKA, the Chair of Tukums District Court

Aigars SNIEDZITIS, the judge of Zemgale Regional Court

Inguna HELMANE, the judge of the Land Registry Office of Riga city Vidzeme suburb court

 

The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court is the Chair of the Council for the Judiciary.

The Chair of the Council for the Judiciary manages work of the Council for the Judiciary, convenes sittings of the Council for the Judiciary and establishes agenda of sittings; represents the Council for the Judiciary and signs decisions of the Council for the Judiciary and other documents. 

The deputy Chair of the Council for the Judiciary is elected by the Council for the Judiciary among judges represented therein. In the sitting of October 4, 2010, Inara Garda, the judge of the Supreme Court, was elected as the deputy Chair of the Council for the Judiciary.