On Friday, January 19, the Plenary Session of the Supreme Court by unanimous voting confirmed in the position a new senator of the Department of Civil Cases of the Senate. The nomination of Skaidrite Lodzina who till this time worked in the Chamber of Civil Cases was acknowledged as the most suitable to the vacant position by senators of the Department of Civil Cases in their joint session.

The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Andris Gulans stressed that for the first time an official application for the vacant position of a senator was announced, and the Department of Civil Cases of the Senate discussed three candidates who had applied for the position of a senator. The Chief Justice noted that thus the procedure of confirmation of senators becomes up-to-date, democratic and transparent. He thanked all the three nominees – Skaidrite Lodzina, Vanda Cirule and Raimonds Gravelsins. All of them were characterized by A. Gulans as good specialists.

The Plenary Session of the Supreme Court when confirming the senator took into account the opinion of the Department of Civil Cases regarding the most suitable nomination. The Department passed the decision on advancing S. Lodzina for confirmation in the Plenary Session on January 16. The Chairman of the Department Martins Dudelis pointed out that it would be more necessary for the Department to have a specialist – theoretician, however such a candidate was not found. S. Lodzina, in her turn, has great experience in practical work having held the position of the judge of the Chamber of Civil Cases of the Supreme Court since 1995, and prior to that – for a long period she worked in the prosecutor’s office as a prosecutor of the division of cases to be heard in the court. Under the decision dated December 28, 2001, of the Judicial Qualification Panel S. Lodzina was conferred the first qualification grade.

The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court asked in the debates to express the opinion not only regarding the specific nominee but the procedure of confirmation of a senator, as well. The Chairman of the Chamber of Civil Cases Gunars Aigars and the Chairman of the Department of Administrative Cases Valerijans Jonikans expressed support to the procedure when a possibility to apply for the vacant positions of senators is given to candidates wishing it, the candidates are discussed in the respective departments, and the Plenary Session by voting accepts or rejects the nomination advanced by the department. A new senator had to be confirmed in the Department of Civil Cases as the long time judge Imants Fridrihsons left the position in the Supreme Court in December due to reaching the maximum age limit for fulfilling duties of a judge.
 

 

Information prepared by Anita Kehre, Head of the Administration of the Supreme Court

E-mail: anita.kehre@at.gov.lv, telephone: 7020395, 29287367