Draft laws “Amendments to the Law on Remuneration of State Officials and Employees of Public and Municipal Institutions” and “Amendments to the Law on Judicial Power”, supported by the Cabinet providing inclusion of judges in unified salary system are hidden disinclination to execute verdict of the Constitutional Court. It has been stated by senators of the Department of Criminal Cases of the Senate of the Supreme Court in letter of response to Solvita Aboltina, the Chair of the Subcommission on Court Policy of Legal Commission of the Saeima (the Parliament).

Senators believe that such precedent is inadmissible, if we want Latvia to be democratic and judicial state and so that Satversme (the Constitution) would be observed.

In opinion of senators, with uproar made in media about remuneration of judges the legislator and the executive power (the Saeima and the Cabinet) deliberately deceive society and deliberately incite it against judiciary. However, deliberate or unwitting confrontation of society with the third power – judiciary, may bring short-term effect. Everyone in society, inter alia, parliamentarians and ministers want fair and independent justice.

In order to achieve it, senators advise to listen to words said by Alexander Hamilton, one of co-authors of the Constitution: “…the judiciary is beyond comparison the weakest of the three departments of power; that it can never attack with success either of the other two; and that all possible care is requisite to enable it to defend itself against their attacks.”

The Subcommission on Court Policy of the Saeima according to initiative of Solvita Aboltina has electronically sent to every judge draft law package prepared by the government to be read and assessed. This package provides inclusion of judges in unified system of salaries, and judges are asked to submit opinions and recommendations. Senators of the Department of Criminal Cases of the Senate decided to present one joint answer. Pavels Gruzins, the Chair of the Department signed the letter on behalf of Voldemars Cizevskis, Peteris Dzalbe, Arturs Freibergs and Anita Nusberga.

 

You may see the letter of senators of the Department of Criminal Cases of the Senate here

 

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