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1 March, 2021

Standards for time limits of proceedings are approved

The Judicial Council has approved the standards for time limits of adjudication of cases submitted by all Latvian courts for 2021.
17 February, 2021

The Judicial Council requests to postpone the implementation of the e-case until the quality preparation and development of the project

Faster and more efficient exchange of information in criminal proceedings, administrative violation proceedings, administrative proceedings in courts and civil proceedings has been set as the goal of the electronic (e-case) programme, and it is aimed at electronicization of these proceedings. In 2021, the introduction of the e-case in the administrative proceedings and criminal proceedings is planned.
2 February, 2021

The new Code of Judicial Ethics is approved

Being aware of the fact that the promotion and maintenance of high standards of judicial ethics is a matter of responsibility of each judge, Latvian judges have adopted the Code of Judicial Ethics and have undertaken to adhere to the principles enshrined therein, as pointed out in the preamble of the Code of Judicial Ethics adopted on February 2.
29 January, 2021

Judicial Council’s resolution on criticism of the judiciary and judges

The resolution has been adopted at the Judicial Council's sitting on January 29, 2021
21 January, 2021

Judges will decide on the new Code of Judicial Ethics

In order to approve the new Code of Judicial Ethics, the Judicial Council convenes an extramural conference of Latvian judges. The draft of Code of Judicial Ethics has been developed by the Judicial Ethics Commission. It is sent to all judges. An electronic voting on the approval of the Code will take place on February 2.
4 January, 2021

A new procedure for the selection of candidates for the position of a judge of a regional court

Having readdressed the issue of selection of candidates for the position of regional court judges, the Judicial Council confirmed the opinion that the selection of candidates for the position of regional court judges should be performed in a different manner than for candidates for the position of district (city) court judges.
14 December, 2020

Judicial Council: The law does not provide for exceptions to the extension of the term of office of chairs of courts

At the meeting on December 11, having heard the proposal of the Ministry of Justice to postpone the announcement of the competition for the position of a chair of a district (city) court and a regional court in exceptional cases, the Judicial Council did not support this proposal. The members of the Judicial Council pointed out that if it is necessary to extend the term of office of the existing chair in exceptional cases, such a possibility should be provided for in the Law “On Judicial Power”, and not in the procedure for nominating and appointing chairs of courts approved by the Judicial Council. At present, the Law does not provide for exceptions, therefore it is not possible to provide for such exceptions within the procedure approved by the Judicial Council.
14 December, 2020

Reports and comparative studies on the independence of the European judiciaries 2020

 An overview of significant European-level comparative studies on judicial systems published this year was presented at the meeting of Judicial Council on 11 December.
10 December, 2020

Judicial Council: The model of the new Law on Remuneration is still incomprehensible and non-transparent

Having evaluated the draft law "Law On Remuneration of Officials and Employees of State and Local Government Authorities" developed by the State Chancellery, the Judicial Council acknowledges that the model of its development is incomprehensible and calls on the State Chancellery to substantiate the draft law properly.
1 December, 2020

Support for alignment of remuneration of employees of prosecutor’s office and courts

The Judicial Council has supported the Prosecutor General's proposal to amend the provisions regarding group of maximum monthly salaries of prosecutor's office employees specified in the Law on Remuneration of Officials and Employees of State and Local Government Authorities. So far it has been Group 8, the Judicial Council recommends changing it to Group 13.