The Plenary Session of the Supreme Court on March 3 confirmed Kalvis Torgans in the position of the senator of the Department of Civil Cases of the Senate, and Rudite Vidusa – to the position of the senator of the Department of Administrative Cases of the Senate. K. Torgans and R. Vidusa were confirmed in the position of the Supreme Court judges without the limitation of the term of office by the Saeima (Parliament) on February 14.

R. Vidusa worked in the Supreme Court already in 2004 in the position of the assistant to the senator of the Department of Administrative Cases, and since February 1, 2007 she worked as the acting senator of the Department of Administrative Cases of the Senate replacing a senator who was in long-term absence. The senator Jautrite Briede, suggesting the appointment of Rudite Vidusa in the Department of Administrative Cases, stressed that R. Vidusa have already proved herself as a professional judge.

The Doctor of Law Kalvis Torgans to majority of the Supreme Court judges previously was a professor in the university, a lecturer in various courses, a professional authority in the field of civil law. The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Andris Gulans noted that work in the Senate is not only a new challenge for Kalvis Torgans, but also a significant event for the Supreme Court and all the court system. The Chairman of the Department of Civil Cases Valerijans Jonikans also stated that appointment of K. Torgans in the Senate will strengthen the working capacity of the Department of Civil Cases. Satisfaction for strengthening the Supreme Court Senate by a professional of such a high level was expressed also by the Prosecutor General of the Republic of Latvia Janis Maizitis, the Minister of Justice Gaidis Berzins who participated in the Plenary Session of the Supreme Court.

Kalvis Torgans himself admitted that he has strange feelings because for a long time he was a professor for others, and now has become an apprentice who has to move over from law theory to its practical application. He hopes for the support of his colleagues senators in acquiring new experience.

Information prepared by Division of Communications of the Supreme Court

Author: Rasma Zvejniece, Manager of the Division of Communications of the Supreme Court

E-mail: rasma.zvejniece@at.gov.lv, telephone: 7020396, 28652211