Today, the Saeima (Parliament) confirmed Ivars Bickovics, the previous Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, in the office of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court for the second term of office.

53 deputies voted for him, 27 voted against, and four deputies refrained from voting.  

The decision of the Saeima will enter into force on 16 June 2015.

The Plenary Session of the Supreme Court nominated Ivars Bickovics to the office of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court on 24 April. His candidacy was supported by the Council for the Judiciary and the Legal Affairs Committee of the Saeima.

Ivars Bickovics has been the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court since 2008, when the Saeima confirmed his authorities for the term of seven years stipulated by the law at that time. At present, the law “On Judicial Power” envisages that the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court is elected for five years, and one and the same person may not hold the office for more than two consecutive terms.  

Ivars Bickovics was appointed to the office of the judge in 1987 as the judge of Aizkraukle district court. The judge of the Supreme Court since 1992, held an office of the Chair of the Chamber of Criminal Cases in 1996-2008, and has been the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court since 2008.