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31 March, 2011

About issues of the session of the Board of Justice of the 30th of March

The Board of Justice in the session of the 30th of March listened to report of Edvins Balsevics, the director of the Court Administration, about results of work in 2010. The director stressed the most topical problematic issues in provision of work of the court. Firstly, it is security in court instances. The State Police refused to execute its function established in the law “On Judicial Power” to provide officers in court, grounding it with lack of resources. Security in courts is threatened, but court finances are not enough to sign agreements with private security companies or hire its own employees. The second greatest problem is low salaries of court employees. Average employee wages is LVL 351.61, and it doesn’t comply with volume of work, its requirements and specificity. Court employees expressed dissatisfaction with evaluation of their work and remuneration, warning about possible strike in open letter.
29 March, 2011

The Board of Justice will listen to the report of Court Administration and discuss several provisions

On Wednesday, the 30th of March, the session of the Board of Justice will take place, in which the Court Administration will present a report about result of work in 2010. The Board of Justice will discuss Procedure of establishment of additional remuneration of judges and events related to additional remuneration, Procedure of issue of judge identification card and Procedure of use of Judicial robe and insignia.
23 February, 2011

The Board of Justice will confirm regulation of Judicial Conference and agenda of the next conference

On Tuesday, the 22nd of February, meeting of the Board of Justice will take place. Issues to be reviewed in Judicial Conference that will take place on the 15th of April and also regulation of Judicial Conference will be discussed during this meeting. During the sitting it has been planned to establish number of judges in each district (city) court, regional court and department of land books. According to suggestion of the Board of Justice, the Saeima has confirmed total number of judges: 315 judges for district (city) courts, 134 judges in regional courts and 80 judges in departments of land books.
11 February, 2011

On issues reviewed in the session of the Board of Justice on the 22nd of February

The Judicial Conference is postponed to autumn Latvian Judicial Conference, which had to be convoked in April, is postponed to autumn. The Board of Justice has adopted such decision due labour-saving considerations, so that it wouldn’t be necessary to organise one more conference, when the Saeima would make amendments to the law “On Judicial Power”, in relation to which it will be necessary to convoke judicial conference.
28 January, 2011

Issues reviewed in session of the Board of Justice on the 27th of January

The Board of Justice supports rights for a judge to keep the office, when standing in the Saeima’s elections. The judge should leave the office, only if s/he would be elected in the Saeima. The Legal Affairs Committee of the Saeima asked for opinion of the Board of Justice on amendments initiated to the law on elections of the Saeima, so this issue was reviewed in session of the Board of Justice on the 27th of January.
1 December, 2010

The Board of Justice doesn’t support including judges in united system of state salaries

The Board of Justice doesn’t support draft laws of amendments to the Law on Remuneration of Officials and Employees of State and Municipal Authorities, the law “On Judicial Power”, the Law on Prosecutor’s Office and the Law on the Constitutional Court prepared by the Cabinet of Ministers. Those provide inclusion of remuneration of judges into united system of state salaries. The Board of Justice believes that possibilities to execute judgment of the Constitutional Court of June 22, 2010, within existing system of judges’ salaries are not assessed enough, taking into account current economic situation in the country.
25 November, 2010

The Board of Justice supports budget request of the Supreme Court, request for budget of departments of Land books, district (city) courts and regional courts is supported partly

In its session on the 25th of November, having reviewed budget request of courts for 2011 and having expressed an opinion about it, the Council of Justice supported budget request of departments of Land books, district (city) courts and regional courts, summarised by the Ministry of Justice, except for its part on remuneration of judges.
24 November, 2010

The Board of Justice will review budget requests of the Ministry of Justice and of the Supreme Court for next year

On Tuesday, the 23rd of November, meeting of the Board of Justice took place, in which the Council decided upon replacement of several judges of regional courts and upon determination of concrete regional and district courts, where judges appointed and approved by the Saeima, will execute their duties.
6 September, 2010

Representatives of judges are elected in the Board of Justice

On September 3, on annual Judicial conference judges elected representatives of judges in the Board of Justice. This decision is important for the history of courts of Latvia, as the Board of Justice has been founded for the first time. Judicial conference elected six representatives, according to representation of court instances that is established in the law “On Judicial Power”: from regional courts – the Chair of Riga regional court Sandra Strence and the Chair of Latgales regional court Andris Strauts, from district courts – the Chair of Administrative district court Ilze Freimane, the judge of the court of Tukuma district Adrija Kasakovska and the judge of the court of Bauskas district Aigars Sniedzitis, from Departments of Land books – the judge of the Department of Land book of Jurmala city Inara Jaunzeme. One more representative of the court – the senator Inara Garda was elected in the Plenary Session of the Supreme Court on August, 30.
31 August, 2010

The senator Inara Garda has been elected to the Board of Justice as a representative of the Supreme Court

On August 30, the Plenary Session of the Supreme Court in secret ballot elected the senator Inara Garda as the representative of the Supreme Court in the Board of Justice.