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29 October, 2019

On Friday Latvian Judges Conference takes place

This year's Latvian Judges Conference taking place on Friday, November 1, will be dedicated to the topicalities of judicial work and judicial self-government institutions.
21 October, 2019

The Council for the Judiciary conceptually supports the waiving of administrative immunity of judges

At the meeting on 21 October, the Council for the Judiciary examined the issue of the regulation of disciplinary liability of judges and conceptually decided that the immunity of judges in cases of administrative offenses should be waived. Members of the Council for the Judiciary, representatives of the Judicial Ethics Commission, the Judicial Disciplinary Committee, the Disciplinary Court and the representatives of judges’ associations took part in the discussion.
1 October, 2019

A working group shall be set up to develop a competence standard for young judges

The development of a new procedure for selection of judges is on the agenda of the Council for the Judiciary aiming to introduce a conceptually new approach that meets the modern requirements for the position of a judge.
1 October, 2019

The Council for the Judiciary supports the courts’ budget request and gives remarks on remuneration of employees

The Council for the Judiciary assessed and endorsed the Supreme Court's budget request for 2020, thus accepting two priority measures requiring additional funding - maintenance of the Supreme Court's information technology infrastructure – EUR 77,800, and an increase in remuneration of the Supreme Court’s employees of EUR 119,115.
8 August, 2019

The Council for the Judiciary approves amendments to the calculation procedure of the retirement pension for judges

The Council for the Judiciary supports the proposal to include in the calculation of the retirement pension of judges the length of service as a lawyer and academic staff of an accredited university, even if it is less than 10 years. Removal of the restriction imposed so far by the Law on Judges' Retirement Pensions will ensure proportionality and equality in the calculation of the length of service of judges.
5 July, 2019

Five deputy-chairs of courts and a chair of a courthouse are appointed

On 5 July, the Council for the Judiciary appointed Sanita Kanenberga to the position of deputy-chair of the Administrative Regional Court. Judge Sanita Kanenberga already previously served as deputy-chair of the Administrative Regional Court.
1 July, 2019

Chairs of Riga Regional Court and of two district courts are appointed

Riga Regional Court will continue to be chaired for the next five years by the current chair Daiga Vilsone, as decided by the Council for the Judiciary on July 1. After reviewing the evaluation drawn up by the selection board and having heard all three candidates, the Council for the Judiciary decided on the re-appointment of Daiga Vilsone.
1 July, 2019

Drafting of amendments to the Law on Judges' Retirement Pensions is approved

The request to submit an application to the Constitutional Court about problems in calculating the retirement pension for judges has been referred to the Council for the Judiciary by a judge of Riga Regional Court, whose retirement pension is calculated without including the time period worked as a lawyer, as it is less than ten years. The Ministry of Justice, after conducting a study on this issue on behalf of the Council for the Judiciary, has concluded that the problem identified by the judge exists, and therefore the Ministry proposes to move forward amendments to the Law on Judges' Retirement Pensions thus deleting the reference of the ten-year term.
19 June, 2019

Deputy-chairs are appointed in two district courts

On June 19, the Council for the Judiciary adopted decisions on the appointment of deputy-chairs in two courts. Judge Ģirts Aizsils has been appointed deputy-chair of Daugavpils Court for five years, while judge Inese Kirsteine has been appointed deputy-chair of the Vidzeme District Court.
10 June, 2019

The Council for the Judiciary informs the government and the Saeima about the arguments against the formation of the Economic Court

The Council for the Judiciary has sent a letter to Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins, Chair of Legal Affairs Committee of the Saeima Juta Strike and Chair of Judicial Policy Subcommittee of the Legal Affairs Committee Inese Libina-Egnere announcing the decision of the Council for the Judiciary not to support formation of the Economic Court and arguments for such a point of view.