The system of remuneration of judges should be determined by the law „On Judicial Power”, not being included in the uniform system of remuneration of governmental management – this has been told in the decision of the extraordinary Plenum of the Supreme Court of October 8, 2009. Judges of the Supreme Court are aware of necessity in the situation of economic crisis in the country to reduce financing, established for the court system, but remuneration of judges cannot be mechanically equaled to remuneration of state official, as their functions and principles of activity differ essentially.

The Supreme Court objects against the fact that changes in system of remuneration of judges and question on creation the budget of the Supreme Court have been discussed in closed sessions of the Cabinet without participation of court representatives. The Plenum admitted that public inaccessibility of the draft law on remunerations doesn’t match up with principles of judicial state and conflicts with Declaration of the Government.

The Plenum asks to respect the independence of the court system and provide financial analysis of the budget of the Supreme Court, using the same procedure that has been established for analysis of the budget of Saeima. In the basis of judicial and democratic state there are independence and balance of three independent branches of state power – the legislative power, executive power and judicial power. The situation, when financing of judicial power depends on goodwill of other branches of power, is inadmissible.

While opening the Plenum, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Ivars Bickovics drew the attention, that general meeting of judges has been summoned, in order to express the attitude towards principles of creation of the budget, not to object against reducement of remuneration. „We worry that in this crisis situation not only welfare of each single member of the society has been endangered, but also social interests in general. Unreasoned, hasty decisions endanger one of the basic rights of each individual of the society – the protection of his/her interests in fair, effective court”, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court has indicated.

The General Prosecutor Janis Maizitis also stressed that any problems with remuneration can’t be a basis for ruining the principle of division of power, established in Satversme.

The Minister of Justice Mareks Seglins was also invited to the Plenum.

In the extraordinary Plenum of the Supreme Court 35 judges participated. Discussions took place about separate points of resolution, and they were changed, but in general the decision of the Plenum of the Supreme Court was accepted unanimously.

The resolution of the Plenum has been sent to the President, Saeima, Prime Minister, Minister of Finance, Minister of Justice, General Prosecutor, the Chief Justice of the Constitutional Court.

The resolution of the extraordinary Plenum of the Supreme Court of October 8, 2009, „On Principles of creation of the budget of the Supreme Court”


Information prepared by

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

E-mail: rasma.zvejniece@at.gov.lv, telephone: 67020396, 28652211