The activities, conduct and attitude towards visitors and colleagues of the employees of the Supreme Court has to be commensurable with the requirements of the Ethics Code of the employees of the Supreme Court. The interior document of the establishment which came into effect on September 1 stipulates the basic principles of professional ethics and conduct of the employees of the Supreme Court which are binding for the court staff regardless of the position they hold.

Both during fulfillment of their duties and in their everyday work the court employees have to observe the following basic principles of the professional ethics: impartiality and honesty, loyalty, confidentiality, professionalism.

The Code states also the basic principles of conduct of the Supreme Court staff, for example, the employees avoid non-collegiate relations – intrigues, gossip, hypocrisy, they do not make use of lack of knowledge or mistakes of the others for their own benefit, and in their relations with other persons the court employees show respect, behave politely and tolerantly, taking into account everyone’s legal interests.

In case of necessity the Ethics Commission may be formed to evaluate activities of the staff which may be composed of the court employees whose professional activities have earned general respect and acknowledgement of colleagues. The decisions of the commission regarding the compliance of the employee’s actions with the standards stipulated by the Code are of permissive nature for the Chief Justice. In case that the employee’s actions contradict with the standards stated in the Code, the employee may be warned by a reproof.

The Ethics Code of the employees of the Supreme Court was worked out with the goal to improve the culture of the judicial work and to strengthen the public trust in it. The Supreme Court Strategy 2007 – 2010 states improvement of court procedures of the court staff by introducing higher ethical standards. However, a separate interior regulative document – the Ethics Code of the court employees - has been worked out to help the staff understand how to behave in their relations with the colleagues and visitors.

The Supreme Court Judges in their activities follow the Cannons of the Ethical Code for Latvian Judges. The Ethical Code for Latvian Judges was adopted in the Judicial Conference of the Republic of Latvia in 1995, and the Judicial Ethical Commission was established on April 11, 2008.


Information prepared by

Head of the Division of Communications of the Supreme Court Rasma Zvejniece

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