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The Council for the Judiciary submits proposals to the Saeima:

1.      On total number of judges in district (city) courts and in Administrative district court;

2.      On total number of judges in regional courts and in Administrative regional court

3.      On total number of judges in the Supreme Court

4.      On transfer of a judge to work to a court of higher level or the transfer of a judge to work to a court of lower level

5.      On awarding the judge with the title of the Judge Emeritus

6.      On dismissal of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court from the office of his/her own will or due to appointment in other office

7.      On dismissal of judges from the post due to state of health, if that forbids to continue work of a judge or if he/she received negative statement in re-assessment of professional activity of a judge

The Council for the Judiciary provides an opinion:

1.      On catchment areas of courts and court houses and their locations

2.      On budget requests of courts

3.      Hears the candidates for the position of the Judge of the Constitutional Court and provides its opinion regarding them to the Saeima

4.      Hears the candidates for the position of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and provides its opinion regarding them to the Plenary Session of the Supreme Court

Following issues shall be coordinated with the Council for the Judiciary:

1.      Appointment and pre-term removal of the Chair of a district (city) court (decision is made by the Minister of Justice)

2.      Appointment and pre-term removal of the Chair of a regional court and his/her deputies (decision is made by the Minister of Justice)

3.      Recommendation on appointment to the post of the Prosecutor General (recommendation is made by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court; the decision is made by the Saeima)

Decisions of the Council for the Judiciary in conceptual and organisational issues related to court system:

  1. Development and approval of Regulation of the Council for the Judiciary
  2. Approval of Procedure for using of judge’s robe and insignia
  3. Approval of sample of judge’s identification card
  4. Approval of Regulation of the Judges’ Conference
  5. Convocation of the Judges’ Conference, setting issues to be included in agenda
  6. Approval of basic principles for judges’ specialisation
  7. Approval of procedure for determining the work-load of a case
  8. Development of guidelines in connection with other organisational issues of courts
  9. Listening to annual report on work prepared by the Court Administration
  10. Determination of procedure, how judges pass qualification exam in cases stated in the law “On Judicial Power”
  11. Approval of regulations of competition for selectionof candidates for the post of a judge
  12. Approval of Regulation of the Judicial Ethics Commission
  13. Approval of Regulation of the Judicial Qualification s Committee
  14. Determination of content and procedure for assessing judges’ professional knowledge and samples of documents necessary for assessment
  15. Approval of judges’ list, pursuant to which regular assessment of judges’ professional knowledge will be performed successively
  16. Examination of information submitted by Chairs of courts about standard of terms of review of cases in courts
  17. In case of reorganisation of a district (city) court, approves plan of reorganisation of the court and decides on transfer of a judge of this court (also without his or her consent) to work to another district (city) court in the same catchment area of the regional court 

 

Decisions of the Council for the Judiciary related to issues of judicial careers:

1. Determination of number of judges in each district (city) court (pursuant to recommendation of the Minister of Justice)

2. Determination of number of judges in each regional court (pursuant to recommendation of the Minister of Justice)

3. Determination of total number of judges in the Departments and Chambers of the Supreme Court (pursuant to recommendation of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court)   

4. Determination of concrete district (city) court, where a judge will serve (following the appointment in office of a judge of a district (city) court, performed by the Saeima)

5. Determination of concrete regional court or its court house, where a judge will serve (following the appointment in office of a judge of a regional court, performed by the Saeima)

6. Decision on transferring of a judge to work within the same court instance (pursuant to recommendation of the Minister of Justice, on the basis of positive statement of the Judicial Qualification Committee)

7. Deciding on the most appropriate candidate, if several candidates, who have received positive statement of the Judicial Qualification Committee, pretend for one vacant judicial office (the Minister of Justice advances all candidates)

8. In case of vacant post or temporary absence of a judge of a district (city) court the Council for the Judiciary may instruct a judge of another district (city) court, the Judge Emeritus or the judge of a regional court (upon recommendation of the Minister of Justice) to execute duties of a judge for the period not exceeding two years  

9. In case of vacant post or temporary absence of a judge of a regional court, the Council for the Judiciary may instruct a judge of another regional court or the Judge Emeritus to execute duties of a judge or to instruct the judge of a district (city) court to substitute the judge absent (upon recommendation of the Minister of Justice, on the basis of positive statement of the Judicial Qualification Committee) for the period not exceeding two years

10. In case of vacant post or temporary absence of a judge of the Supreme Court, the Council for the Judiciary may instruct a judge of a regional court or the Judge Emeritus of the Supreme Court (upon recommendation of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, on the basis of positive statement of the Judicial Qualification Committee) to substitute a judge for the period not exceeding two years 

11. The Council for the Judiciary, upon proposal of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, grounding on positive statement of the Judicial Qualification Committee, transfers the judge of the Chamber of Criminal Cases, who was not transferred to the office of the judge of the department until 31 December 2014, or a judge of the Chamber of Civil Cases to the vacant office of a judge of the department of the Supreme Court, or upon joint proposal of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and the Minister of Justice, instructs the judge of the chamber of the Supreme Court, who was not transferred to the office of a judge of the department of the Supreme Court along with termination of operation of the chamber, to discharge judicial duties in another appellate instance court.

 

Applications to the Constitutional Court  

In cases and procedures specified by the Constitutional Court Law, the Council for the Judiciary may submit an application regarding the initiation of a matter to the Constitutional Court, appealing against compliance of legal standards to the Constitution, if those touch upon issues related to judiciary.