On March 7, the Judicial Qualification Panel approved the confirmation of the Chairman of the Administrative Regional Court Aldis Lavins in the position of the Supreme Court judge.

Aldis Lavins was born in 1973, in 1996 he graduated from the Latvian Academy of Police with the diploma of a lawyer, afterwards he received his master’s degree in law. He worked in the State Police in the position of an inspecting officer, in the Department of Civil Law of the Latvian Academy of Police and the Legal Department of the State Treasury.

In 1999, the Saeima (Parliament) appointed Aldis Lavins in the position of a judge of the Riga City Zemgales district court, in 2002 he was confirmed in the position of a judge without the limitation of the term of office. In 2003, A. Lavins was confirmed in the position of a judge of the Panel of Civil Cases of the Riga Regional Court. In 2004, administrative courts were established in Latvia, and the Saeima confirmed Aldis Lavins in the position of a judge of the Administrative Regional Court starting from February 1, but on March 31 A. Lavins was appointed in the position of the Chairman of the Administrative Regional Court. Aldis Lavins is a member of the Judicial Disciplinary Panel since 2005. He is known also as a professor of law and an author of publications, he is one of the authors of the collection of articles “Administrative Procedure: Law, Practice, Commentaries” published by “Latvijas Vestnesis”.

To become a judge of the Supreme Court, A. Lavins have to receive approval of the Legal Commission of the Saeima after what the Saeima will vote for the candidature of the judge.

Senator Torgans is conferred the first qualification grade

The Judicial Qualification Panel decided also on conferring an adequate qualification grade to Doctor of Law Kalvis Torgans who was recently elected in the position of the Supreme Court senator. He was conferred the first qualification grade.

The law “On Judicial Power” states that a judge, taking into account the length of service and after passing the certification, is conferred the fifth, the fourth, the third, the second or the first qualification grade. A judge having the second or the first qualification grade may hold the position of the Supreme Court judge.


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