On February 1, the Plenary Session of the Supreme Court reviewed the application of the senator Zigmants Gencs to receive certified copies of the minutes and decisions of the Plenary Sessions of September 17, 2007, and December 19, 2007. It is indicated in the application that he will use them for submission to the European Court of Human Rights. In the Plenary Session, speaking about his application, Z. Gencs expressed a probability that he could also use them for other purposes, for example, for writing memoirs some day.

The application to receive copies was addressed to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, however, A. Guļāns asked the opinion of the joint session of judges whether a copy of the Plenary Session of December 19 has to be issued as the Plenary Session of December 19 was a closed plenary session and its minutes is not information of public accessibility.

After extensive discussions, by a majority of votes the Plenary Session of the Supreme Court decided to issue the requested copies to Z. Gencs.

In the Plenary Session of September 17, 2007, a work group was formed in the Supreme Court which worked parallel to the Prosecutor General Office and evaluated the ethics of conduct of those judges of the Supreme Court who were mentioned in the published telephone conversations of judges and attorneys. In the Plenary Session of December 19, 2007, the judges evaluated the statement of the work group regarding violations of ethical standards in the activities of judges. The statement of the work group contained a conclusion that in one of the published episodes Z. Gencs had disclosed a secret of the meeting of judges, and his actions are in breach with Article 89, part 3, of the law “On Judicial Power”, as well as Canons 2 and 3 of the Code of Judicial Ethics of Latvia.

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