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29 April, 2020

Eight candidates have applied for the position of Prosecutor General

Eight candidates have applied for the position of Prosecutor General announced by the Judicial Council.  The Secretariat of the Judicial Council will check whether the submitted documents certify the compliance of each applicant with the requirements set forth in Section 36 of the Office of the Prosecutor Law, i.e. age, citizenship, education, length of service, and other requirements.
16 April, 2020

The new procedure for selection of judges is approved

The Judicial Council has developed and approved a new procedure for the selection of candidates for the position of a judge of a district (city) court and regional court, which establishes a conceptually new approach to the professional standard of a judge. The purpose of the selection of candidates is to ensure that highly qualified lawyers with an impeccable reputation, appropriate professional skills and personal qualities become judges.
16 April, 2020

Changes in the number of judges in the departments of the Senate

The Judicial Council has supported the Supreme Court's proposal to change the number of judges in the departments of the Senate, namely, to redistribute one position of a judge of the Department of Civil Cases to the Department of Administrative Cases and to determine that as of 1 May there are 11 judges in the Department of Administrative Cases, 15 judges in the Department of Civil Cases and 9 judges in the Department of Criminal Cases.
11 March, 2020

The selection of candidates for the position of the Prosecutor General will henceforth be the responsibility of the Judicial Council

On March 11, amendments to the Law “On Judicial Power” and the “Office of the Prosecutor Law” come into force, which changes the procedure for selecting and appointing the Prosecutor General. The Prosecutor General will henceforth be appointed not on the proposal of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, but on the proposal of the Judicial Council.
10 March, 2020

It is considered necessary to maintain a unified competition for the position of a judge of the Supreme Court

Having supported the amendments to the Constitutional Court Law and the State Civil Service Law developed to ensure the independence of the Constitutional Court and to strengthen the status of a judge of the Constitutional Court, the Judicial Council does not support the amendments to the law “On Judicial Power”, which provide for judges of the Constitutional Court to apply for the position of a judge of the Supreme Court outside the established order.
11 February, 2020

The current selection procedure for judicial candidates will be in force until April

Having heard the information provided by a working group set up by the Council for the Judiciary on the development of a new procedure for the selection of judicial candidates of district (city) courts and regional courts, the Council extended the existing candidate selection procedure until April 1.
6 February, 2020

The Council for the Judiciary raises the issue of time limits for adjudication of cases

The Council for the Judiciary, at its meeting on Monday, February 10, will discuss how to identify and address the factors that affect the long delays in individual court proceedings.
17 December, 2019

The Council for the Judiciary supports the transfer of the nomination of the Prosecutor General under the competence of the Council for the Judiciary

At the meeting of December 16, the Council for the Judiciary approved amendments to the laws intended to change the procedure for nominating a candidate for the position of Prosecutor General by transferring this responsibility under the competence of the Council for the Judiciary. So far, the candidates for the position of the Prosecutor General for approval in the Saeima (parliament) were nominated by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, coordinating his decision with the Council for the Judiciary.
27 November, 2019

Support for waiving of administrative immunity of judges

The Council for the Judiciary supported amendments prepared by the Saeima (parliament) to the Law on Judicial Power and the Judicial Disciplinary Liability Law, which concern the waiving of administrative immunity of judges and dismissal of judges in case of disciplinary proceedings initiated regarding conduct of a judge that is incompatible with the status of a judge.
27 November, 2019

The Council for the Judiciary repeatedly rejects the establishment of the Economic Court

Having reviewed a draft law prepared by the Ministry of Justice for amendments to the law “On Judicial Power”, which provides for the establishment of a specialized economic court, the Council for the Judiciary repeatedly rejected establishment of such a specialized court. The Council for the Judiciary still considers that specialization of judges is possible within the existing judicial system.