Judicial Qualification Committee

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The Judicial Qualification Committee is a judicial self-government institution which performs assessment of professional activity of judges

 

Basis of authority:

 

Composition

  • Composed of 9 judges – three judges of the Supreme Court (by one from among judges adjudicating civil cases, criminal cases and administrative cases), three judges from regional courts (by one from the Judicial Panel of Civil Cases and the Judicial Panel of Criminal Cases, and the Administrative regional court), two judges of district (city) courts and one judge – from Land Registry office.  
  • Elected for the term of 4 years at the Judges’ Conference
  • Current composition:

Maris VIGANTS, the Chair of the Administrative Regional Court, Chair of the Judicial Qualification Committee (elected on 29 September 2017)

Silva REINHOLDE, the Chair of Kurzeme Regional Court, the deputy Chair of the Judicial Qualification Committee (elected on 13 October 2016)

Rudite VIDUSA, the Judge of the Department of Administrative Cases of the Supreme Court (elected on 18 September 2018)

Aivars KEISS, the Judge of the Department of Civil Cases of the Supreme Court (elected on 18 September 2018)

Arturs FREIBERGS, the Judge of the Department of Criminal Cases of the Supreme Court (elected on 28 February 2019)

Marianna TERJUHANA, the Judge of Zemgale Regional Court (elected on 5 November 2019)

Kristine ZDANOVSKA, the Judge of Riga City Vidzeme District Court (elected on 14 October 2016)

Inara ZARINA, the Head of the Land Registry Office of Riga District Court (elected on 13 October 2016)

Inga ZALITE, the Judge of Zemgale District Court in Aizkraukle (elected on 7 April 2020)

 

Functions of the Judicial Qualification Committee 

  • Regularly assesses judge's professional activity before nominating a district (city) court judge for re-appointment or confirmation without limitation of the term of office
  • Assesses the professional activity of a judge and, if necessary, the judge's professional preparedness for a vacant position of a judge, if the judge applies to be transferred to another district (city) court or regional court or their courthouses, or a district (city) court applies for replacement of a judge of regional court during the vacancy or absence of a judge. If several candidates who have received a positive opinion apply for one vacancy, the Judicial Qualification Committee shall adopt a motivated decision and transfer the most suitable candidate.
  • Performs an assessment of all judges' professional activities every 5 years.
  • Carries out an extraordinary assessment of a judge's professional activity when deciding on the transfer or replacement of a judge, as well as on the basis of a decision of the Judicial Disciplinary Committee or upon a proposal of the President of the Court.

 

Appeal against decisions  

  • The judge may appeal the statement of the Judicial Qualification Committee to the Disciplinary Court

 

Accessibility of statements and assessment materials

  • Committee’s statements and assessment materials are classified information  

 

Contact information:

Court Administration: Inara Makarova, Public relations specialist: +371 29299565, inara.makarova@ta.gov.lv