The Latvian Association of Administrative Judges has made announcement concerning unattestation of Maris Vigants for the post of the judge of the Supreme Court.

In the announcement that the Chairman of the Board of the Association, the senator of the Supreme Court Janis Neimanis, has distributed among mass-media there has been stressed that decision of Saeima is contrary to the statement of the institution of judicial self-government – Judicial Qualification Committee, that Maris Vigants is qualified for the post of the judge of the Supreme Court. The decision of Saeima is also contrary to the decision of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court upon propulsion of Maris Vigants for the post of the judge of the Supreme Court. The decision of Saeima is also contrary to the political resolution of Juridical Committee of Saeima about qualification of Maris Vigants for the post of the judge of the Supreme Court.

The Association indicates that the judge Maris Vigants accepted many resolutions in different cases, also about imprisonment of the oligarch Aivars Lembergs. The Latvian Association of Administrative Judges thinks that decision of the Saeima is the revenge to the judge Maris Vigants, because he observed the subordination of judge to the law and rules, stated by the Paragraph 83 of Satversme, while reviewing cases.

The decision of the Saeima infringes the principle of personal independence of the judge – this has been stressed in the announcement.

„After such decision of Saeima, no judge in Latvia can be sure that he won’t be punished for observing his/her subordination only to law and rule, while reviewing cases”, the Latvian Association of Administrative Judges indicates.

The announcement of the Latvian Association of Administrative Judges can be read here [in English, PDF document]


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