In order to evaluate rule of law of decisions of the Judicial Disciplinary Committee, in future in the Senate the Disciplinary Court will be called. On august 30, there will be a Plenum of the Supreme Court, in which members of the Disciplinary court will be elected.

Amendments in the law on Disciplinary responsibility of Judges that have come into force on August 1, define a composition of the new institution, and also make changes in the composition of the Judicial Disciplinary Committee.

In the future, in composition of the Judicial Disciplinary Committee there will be no Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, but the Chair of the Judicial Disciplinary Committee will be the deputy of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. In composition of the Committee there will be also four judges of the Supreme Court, two Chairs of regional courts, two Chairs of district (city) courts and two Heads of departments of land books. Members of the Judicial Disciplinary Committee are elected in open vote in the Conference of judges, for the term of four years.

In its turn, in the composition of the Disciplinary Court there will be six judges of the Senate of the Supreme Court (two senators from the department of Civil Cases, two – from the Department of Criminal Cases and two – from the department of Administrative Cases), which have been elected by the Plenum of the Supreme Court for the term of five years. The Plenum of the Supreme Court among members of the Disciplinary Court appoints the Chair of the Disciplinary Court for the term of five years.

The member of the Disciplinary Court can’t be the member of the Board of Justice, of the Judicial Disciplinary Committee, Judicial Qualifications Committee or the Committee on Judicial Ethics at the same time.

Previous ruling didn’t provide an opportunity for judges to appeal against decisions made by the Judicial Disciplinary Committee, it is, decision made in the disciplinary case, was final, and it was not possible to appeal against it in other institution. In its turn, new edition of the law provides such procedure of appeal of decision of the Judicial Disciplinary Committee, providing that it will be possible to appeal against it in the Disciplinary Court.

By amendments of the law authorities of the Committee on Judicial Ethics have been extended. It will have rights to initiate a disciplinary case against judges, if the Committee will establish rude infringement of standards of the Code of Judicial Ethics.

The Saeima accepted amendments in the law on June 10.



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