The work group of the Supreme Court the task of which will be to work out the procedure of nomination of the candidates to the position of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and to lead this procedure till the Plenary Session in which the Supreme Court judges will nominate the candidate to the position of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court for confirmation in the Saeima (Parliament), held its first meeting on March 20.

The Deputy Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, the Chairman of the Chamber of Civil Cases Gunars Aigars was elected the chairman of the work group. The senator Skaidrite Lodzina of the Department of Civil Cases of the Senate, the senator Vilnis Vietnieks of the Department of Criminal Cases, the senator Ilze Skultane of the Department of Administrative Cases and the judge Ervins Kuskis of the Chamber of Criminal Cases are also included in the work group.

In June, the term of office of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Andris Gulans expires. It is expected to convene the Plenary Session already in May to nominate a candidate to the position of the Chief Justice who after that has to be confirmed by the Saeima. The procedure of nomination of candidates to the position of the Chief Justice has not been determined anywhere, thus it is not clear who and in what way may nominate the candidates. Therefore in the Plenary Session of the Supreme Court on March 14 the judges agreed that each Department and Chamber will nominate one judge to the work group the task of which will be to work out the procedure of nomination of the candidates to the position of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and to lead this procedure till the Plenary Session.

According to the law “On Judicial Power” the work of the Supreme Court is led by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court who from among the appointed judges upon the proposal of the Plenary Session is confirmed in the position by the Saeima for the term of seven years. Andris Gulans was confirmed in the position of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court in 1994, and repeatedly – in 2001.

 

 

Information prepared by Division of Communications of the Supreme Court

Author: Rasma Zvejniece, Manager of the Division of Communications of the Supreme Court

E-mail: rasma.zvejniece@at.gov.lv, telephone: 7020396, 28652211