On June 2, during the farewell visit of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Andris Gulans to the State President Valdis Zatlers both officials acknowledged that the nomination of the candidacy to the position of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court was democratic, however, the Supreme Court judges could be more courageous in exercising their right to nominate their candidacies which was given for the first time. Their activity and daring could be greater.

The issue of the Supreme Court premises was also discussed. As it is known, the court urgently needs additional premises which it hoped to have after the Ministry of Justice moves to the former premises of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. However, these premises might be used also as a temporary office space for the Chancery of the State President while extensive repair works are undertaken in the Riga Castle. Next week a more detailed discussion will take place regarding the issue of premises.

The State President and the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court discussed also the role of the Judicial Ethical Commission and its establishment at the last Latvian Judicial conference.

The State President noted that [he] hopes for further cooperation and would gladly make use of the long-time experience of Andris Gulans.

The term of office of Andris Gulans in the position of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court expires on June 13, this year. The Plenary Session of the Supreme Court nominated the Chairman of the Chamber of Criminal Cases Ivars Bickovics to the position of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court on May 9. It is expected that this Thursday the Saeima (Parliament) will vote on the confirmation of i. Bickovics in the position.


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