The President of the State Valdis Zatlers and the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Ivars Bickovics during the meeting on October 28, agreed that it is necessary to activate the discussion about necessary improvements in the procedure of attestation of judges. After voting of Saeima, in which the judge of Administrative regional court Maris Vigants hadn’t been appointed for the post of the judge of the Supreme Court, the question about strengthening the independence of judges became more topical.

The President of the State and the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court were unanimous that the question has to be updated and discussed, while working with new Draft law on judiciary that has been in Saeima since 2006 already. It would be necessary to make promotion of the draft law faster, at the same time solving questions that are topical for the judicial power, inter alia, strengthening independence of judicial power and judges from possible political influence.

During the meeting the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and the President of the State discussed also question about functoning of the Supreme Court and judicial system in conditions of reduced budget and about influence of reducement of budget to judicature. The President of the State acquainted himself with resolution of the Plenum of the Supreme Court about principles of creation of the budget of the Supreme Court and discussed with the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court the attempt to include the remuneration of judges in uniform system of remuneration of officials of institutions of government and municipalities, and also previous reducement of remuneration of judges.

In order to discuss topical questions of the Supreme Court and Latvian judicial system, meetings of the President of the State and the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court take place several times a year in President’s Palace.


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