The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court will not have deputies in future, during temporary absence the Chief Justice, upon his/her instruction, will be substituted by one of Chairs of departments – it has been established by amendments to the law “On Judicial Power” of 13 June 2013, which become effective as from January 1, 2014, regarding reorganisation of the Supreme Court.  

Thus, model of management of the Supreme Court, which had existed since foundation of the Senate and Chambers of the Supreme Court in1995, has been changed. Previously, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court had two deputies elected by the Plenary Session of the Supreme Court from among Chairs of departments and chambers.  Gunars Aigars, the Chair of the Chamber of Civil Cases, had been the deputy Chief Justice of the Supreme Court since 1995, and the second deputy had been Peteris Dzalbe, the Chair of the Department of Criminal Cases of the Senate – since 2010.

Amendments to the law “On Judicial Power” made question related to management of the Judicial Disciplinary Committee unclear, as, pursuant to the Judicial Disciplinary Liability Law, the deputy Chief Justice of the Supreme Court discharges duties of the Chair of this Committee. The legislator eliminated this vagueness by next amendments to the law “On Judicial Power” of 28 September 2013, having established that former deputy Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, who is elected to the office of a member of the Judicial Disciplinary Committee and discharges duties of the Chair of the Judicial Disciplinary Committee, continues to discharge those until expiration of the quadrennial term of office stipulated in the Judicial Disciplinary Liability Law.  Thus, Peteris Dzalbe, the former deputy Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, will continue to discharge duties of the Chair of the Judicial Disciplinary Committee until autumn, when term of office of the Judicial Disciplinary Committee elected in 2010 expires.   

 

 

Information prepared by

Rasma Zvejniece, the Head of the Division of Communication of the Supreme Court

E-mail: rasma.zvejniece@at.gov.lv, telephone: 67020396, 28652211