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8 May, 2008

Tomorrow the judges of the Supreme Court will nominate their candidate to the position of the Chief Justice

On May 9, at 10.00, the Plenary Session of the Supreme Court will be convened in which the judges will have to nominate the candidate of the next Chief Justice of the Supreme Court who afterwards has to be confirmed by the Saeima (Parliament). The work group which was established to lead the procedure of nomination of the candidates to the position of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court has received proposals regarding four judges who might be nominated as the possible candidates at the Plenary Session. Three of those possible candidates have written applications that they do not agree to the nomination, revoke their candidatures or withdraw from the list of the nominees to the position. However, according to the information of the head of the work group Gunars Aigars, until the Plenary Session the carried out procedure was only of an informative nature to initiate discussions, but it is not binding for the judges in the course of the Plenary Session. During the session, the same or other candidates may be nominated, and the candidates may take a decision to run for the position or withdraw their candidatures in the course of the Plenary Session.
7 May, 2008

Visvaldis Sprudzans elected the Chairman of the Judicial Ethical Commission

The Judicial Ethical Commission the first meeting of which was convened by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court on April 7, elected Visvaldis Sprudzans, the judge of the Zemgales Regional Court, in the position of the Chairman of the newly establsihed body of the judicial self-management, and Dace Mita, the Senator of the Supreme Court – in the position of the Deputy Chairman. The members of the Ethical Commission, getting mutually acquainted and outlining the further work of the Ethical Commission, acknowledged that they are aware of the great responsibility and hopes which the judges, as well as the society have in their work. However, here in Latvia, there is no experience how to organize the work of such commission, and at the present moment there is no clear concept in what way the commission will function. The members of the commission understand that the work they will deal with will be hard and public. However, Dace Mita, the Deputy Chairman of the Ethical Commission considers that the goal of the commission is not to show the society that the judges are doing something, it is more important that the judges in their work make use of the conclusions drawn by the commission. The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Andris Gulans wished them to handle and cope with the problems which other judicial self-management bodies have not managed to solve. In his opinion, the judges expect assistance and support from the Ethical Commission, and the society – explanations regarding situations which cause perplexity. A. Gulans compared the members of the Ethical Commission with the pioneers who take up something new in Latvia. The authority of this institution will depend on how the newly elected Ethical Commission will manage to start its work.
6 May, 2008

Former Senator Namatevs awarded the title of the Officer of the Order of the Three Stars

For considerable contribution in strengthening of lawful order and the development of the Latvian law system, the Assistant to the Chairman of the Department of Civil Cases of the Supreme Court, the former senator Roberts Guntis Namatevs has been awarded the title of the Officer of the Order of the Three Stars. On May 4, the day of the proclamation of the Declaration of Independence, a ceremony of presentation of the awards of the State of Latvia took place in the Hall of Coat of Arms in the Riga Castle. 15 persons were awarded the title of the Officer of the Order of the Three Stars. Ten persons were awarded the title of the Chevalier of the Order of the three stars.