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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.
4 June, 2019

The Council for the Judiciary does not support the establishment of a specialized economic court in Latvia

While recognizing that specialized judges are necessary for a high-quality proceedings, the Council for the Judiciary does not give consent to the creation of a separate specialized economic court. The Council for the Judiciary acknowledged that the establishment of such a court is currently lacking sufficient arguments and justification, as well as an assessment of the consequences.
4 June, 2019

The biggest challenge for the Court Administration is the E-case project

The Council for the Judiciary heard a report of the Court Administration on the performance results in 2018.
4 June, 2019

The Latvian justice system has positive indicators according to assessment of European justice systems

The Council for the Judiciary took note of a report of the EU Justice Scoreboard 2019, which is the latest European Commission’s report on the performance results of the European Union in the area of ​​justice.
30 May, 2019

The Council for the Judiciary will evaluate the new concept for the selection of judges and the intention to establish an economic court

On Monday, June 3, a meeting of the Council for the Judiciary will take place, during which the Council for the Judiciary will consider the new procedure for the selection, traineeship and taking of qualification examination of a candidate to the office of a judge. The aim of developing a new selection procedure for judicial candidates is to introduce a conceptually new approach that meets the modern requirements for the office of a judge.
29 April, 2019

The Commission for evaluation of candidates for the position of chairs of courts and courthouses is set up

The Council for the Judiciary elected judges Dzintra Balta and Guntars Plorins as the representatives of the Council in the Commission to assess the suitability of candidates to position of chairs and deputy chairs of district (city) courts and regional courts and to position of chairs of courthouses. Dzintra Balta will be the head of this Commission.
29 April, 2019

Until next year, the procedure for selecting judicial candidates remains unchanged

The Council for the Judiciary extended the validity of the current procedure for selection, traineeship and taking of qualification examination of a candidate to the office of a judge until January 1, 2020, for the elaboration of a new procedure is related to amendments to the Law “On Judicial Power”, which is still in the preparation process.
26 February, 2019

When approving the courts’ budget request, the Council for the Judiciary points to the noncompetitive remuneration of the judicial employees

The Council for the Judiciary supported the budget request of regional courts and district (city) courts prepared by the Ministry of Justice, as well as the Supreme Court’s budget request for this year. At the same time, the decision recalls the need to increase the remuneration of the judicial employees, which has now become critically uncompetitive.