On October 22, the Saeima rejected the Project of decision about attestation of Maris Vigants for the post of the judge of the Supreme Court. Voting about appointment of the judge for the post was secret. 26 parlamentarians voted for candidacy of Vigants, 43 deputies voted against, and 14 parlamentarians abstained from voting.

The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Ivars Bickovics abstains from comments about voting of Saeima, as no motives and arguments of parliamentary voting are known to the Supreme Court. Before voting in Saeima the candidacy of Vigants had been supported by Judicial Qualification Committee and Juridical Committee of Saeima, and no objections have been expressed.

Gunars Aigars, the deputy of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, the Chairman of the Chamber of Civil Cases, confirms that at present the only comment is: “Quandary”.

This has been one of rare occurrences, when the Saiema doesn’t attest the judge for the post.

Maris Vigants was born in 1975. In 1998 he graduated the Faculty of Law of the University of Latvia. He started his career in year 1994, working in the Supreme Court as secretary of court hearings, adviser in the Division of Plenum and Summarization of the Case-law and assistant of the Chairman of the Chamber of Civil Cases. As from year 2000 he was the judge in the court of Central district of Riga, in year 2007 he was appointed for the post of the judge of Administrative regional court, since year 2008 he has also been the deputy of the Chairman of Administrative regional court.

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