Judicial Ethics Commission

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The Judicial Ethics Commission is judicial self-government institution, which provides opinion on interpretation and violations of norms of ethics and explains norms of judicial ethics 

 

Basis of authority:

 

Composition

  • Composed of 10 members: five from among nominated by judges of district (city) courts, three – from among nominated by judges of regional courts, and two – from among nominated by judges of the Supreme Court  
  • Elected for four years at the Judges’ Conference
  • Current composition:

Dzintra AMERIKA, Chair of the Commission; Judge of the Department of Administrative Cases of the Supreme Court  

Iveta ANDZANE, Judge of Zemagle District Court

Madara ABELE, Judge of Riga Regional Court

Inara JAUNZEME, Judge of Jurmala Courthouse of Riga District Court

Adrija KASAKOVSKA, Judge of Zemgale District Court 

Baiba LIELPETERE, Judge of Vidzeme District Court

Normunds SALENIEKS, Judge of the Department of Civil Cases of the Supreme Court  

Dace SKRAUPLE, Judge of Zemgale Regional Court

Agnese SKULME, Judge of Riga City Vidzeme District Court

 

Functions of the Judicial Ethics Commission

  • Upon request of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and Chairs of courts, the Minister of Justice, the Judicial Disciplinary Committee or the Disciplinary Court, provides opinion regarding interpretation and violations of norms of ethics
  • Upon its own initiative or at the request of judges explains and analyses norms of the Code of Judicial Ethics and consults judges on issues related to judicial ethics
  • Compiles and prepares for publication conclusions and explanations on interpretation and application of norms of ethics  
  • Discusses violations of norms of ethics
  • Elaborates norms of the Code of Judicial Ethics and submits them for approval at the Judges’ Conference  

 

Decisions

  • The Judicial Ethics Commission may decide on initiation of a disciplinary case
  • Opinions of the Judicial Ethics Commission may not be appealed

 

 Accessibility of information

  • Sittings of the Commission are open. With permission of the Commission, having received consent of a judge, whose possible violation of norms of ethics will be reviewed, and of filer of a request, individuals present may fix course of a sitting using audio or video equipment   
  • Upon motivated request of a person entitled to participate in the sitting or proposal of the Commission’s member, the issue may be reviewed in the closed sitting
  • Conclusions and explanations by the Judicial Ethics’ Commission regarding interpretation and explanation of norms of ethics are published on courts’ website

 

More information on Judicial Ethics Commission

 

Communication with the Commission

  • E-mail of the Commission: etikaskomisija@ta.gov.lv
  • Court Administration: Inara Makarova, International relations specialist: +371 26447901, inara.makarova@ta.gov.lv