On February 1, the Plenary Session of the Supreme Court confirmed Jānis Neimanis in the position of a senator of the Department of Administrative Cases. On December 13, he was appointed to the position of a judge of the Supreme Court by the Saeima (Parliament), and on January 30, Jānis Neimanis gave oath to the State President. Under the law “On Judicial Power” the competence of the Plenary Session of the Supreme Court is to confirm a judge in a specific department or chamber of the court.

The senator is 31, and as the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Andris Guļāns said when introducing the new colleague, Jānis Neimanis probably is the one of the youngest judges not only in Latvia, but in Europe, as well. Notwithstanding his age, he has good education and experience in work. In 1999, Neimanis graduated from the University of Latvia, Faculty of Law, with the qualification of a lawyer. In 2000, he received his master’s degree of social sciences in law, in 2005 – the degree of Doctor of Law. He gained experience in the field of public law both in practical work in the state administration when he worked in the Ministry of Justice and the Register of Enterprises, and in the academic work – he worked as the professor of law, associate professor in the Department of Law Theory and History of the Faculty of Law of the University of Latvia, and during his work as an attorney in law offices. Neimanis is the author of the books “Tiesību tālākveidošana” (“Further Development of Law”), “Juridisku kāzusu risināšanas tehnika” (“Technique of Settlement of Legal Cases”), “Ievads tiesībās” (“Introduction to Law”), co-author of several other books, and has published more than thirty popular-science articles on issues of the public and private law.

Under Article 54 of the law “On Judicial Power”, a judge of a district (city) court or of a regional court having at least the second qualification grade, or a person having at least 15 years of the total length of service of academic work in law specialties in higher education institutions, in the position of an attorney or a prosecutor, and having passed the examination for judges of the second grade qualification, may apply to the position of a judge of the Supreme Court. The transition regulations of the law state that till February 1, 2009, a person having at least 5 years of the total length of service in the indicated positions or in the position of an official may also be confirmed in the position of a judge of the Department of Administrative Cases of the Supreme Court Senate.

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