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

Veronika KRUMINA, the Chair of the Department of Administrative Cases of the Supreme Court

Aivars KEISS, the judge of the Department of Civil Cases of the Supreme Court (mandate as from 2 November 2014)

Arturs FREIBERGS, the judge of the Department of Criminal Cases of the Supreme Court (elected on 2 March 2015)

Anna BIKSINIECE, the Chair of the Judicial Panel of Civil Cases of Latgale regional court

Gunita GALINA, the Chair of Saldus district court

Kristine ZDANOVSKA, the judge of Riga city Vidzeme suburb court

Inara ZARINA, the Head of the Land Registry office of Riga district court

Elected on 21 September 2012

 

Functions of the Judicial Qualification Committee 

  • Assesses the professional preparedness of each candidate to an office of a judge nominated for the first time by conducting a qualification examination.
  • 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.

 

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  

 

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