In June, term of office of Ivars Bickovics, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, expires. Judges of the Supreme Court must nominate candidates to the office of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court from among their peers.   

The Secretary of the Plenary Session will summarise applications and will send prepared documents to the Council for the Judiciary, which will hear all candidates and will provide its opinion on them to the Plenary Session of the Supreme Court. Then the Plenary Session of the Supreme Court will have to nominate one candidate, but the final decision will be made by the Saeima (Parliament).

Ivars Bickovics was elected to the office of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court in 2008 for the term of seven years. Later the law “On Judicial Power” was amended stipulating that term of office of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court is five years, and the same person may hold this office not more than two terms in succession.   

Until 7 April, departments and the court chamber of the Supreme Court may also submit recommendations on candidate to the office of the Prosecutor General. If such recommendations will be submitted, the Plenary Session of the Supreme Court will be convened to discuss candidacies and to agree on recommendation to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

In accordance with the “Prosecutor’s Office Law” the Prosecutor General is appointed to the office by the Saeima, upon proposal of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, which is coordinated with the Council for the Judiciary. The Board of the Prosecutor General, the Plenary Session of the Supreme Court, professional associations of judges and prosecutors, and natural person, when bringing forward his candidacy, may file proposals on a candidate to the office of the Prosecutor General to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. 

See all information about the Plenary Session of the Supreme Court here

 

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