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6 March, 2018

Support for the extraordinary assessment of judges' professional activities in disciplinary proceedings

The Council for the Judiciary conceptually supported the amendments to the Judicial Disciplinary Liability Law on the Judicial Disciplinary Committee’s right to impose an extraordinary assessment of judge's professional activities examined at the Saeima's first reading, but several proposals were corrected according to their original idea as expressed by the Council for the Judiciary.
6 March, 2018

The Council for the Judiciary does not support unjustified restrictions on the remuneration of bailiffs

The Council for the Judiciary when assessing information on the amendments to the Law on Bailiffs currently discussed in the Saeima, expressed a critical attitude to the unreasonable and unjustified restriction of the amount of remuneration of sworn bailiffs.
6 March, 2018

Proposal to base remuneration of court employees on the same principles as those for employees of the Saeima, Chancery of the President and the State Audit Office

In order to strengthen the independence of the judiciary and ensure the balance between the three branches of state power, namely, the legislature, the executive power and the judiciary, in the united system of remuneration for officials and employees of the State and local government institutions, the Council for the Judiciary, after hearing the proposals of the Supreme Court, decided to propose amendments to the law “On Remuneration of Officials and Employees of State and Local Government Authorities”.
1 March, 2018

Meeting of the ENCJ working group in Riga

On 22-23 February, a meeting of the Dialogue Group was held in the framework of the project "Independence, Accountability and Quality of the Judiciary" carried out by the European Network of Councils for the Judiciary (ENCJ) in which representatives of the Councils for the Judiciary from the Netherlands, Norway, Hungary and Ireland participated.
20 February, 2018

With the establishment of Zemgale District Court on March 1, the territorial reform of the courts is completed

According to the territorial reform of courts of first instance, on March 1, 2018, the district courts of Aizkraukle, Bauska, Dobele, Jekabpils, Ogre and Tukums and respective Land Register Offices will be reorganized, merging them with Jelgava City Court and the corresponding Land Register Office and changing the name of the court and naming it– Zemgale District Court and, accordingly, Land Register Office of Zemgale District Court.
12 February, 2018

Transfer of judges of the first instance court and determination of the court for carrying out judicial duties

Council for the Judiciary adopted decisions on the transfer of two district (city) court judges – judge of Ogre District Court Zanna Gaigale-Prudnikova is transferred to Riga City Pardaugava Court and judge of Jelgava Court Gunita Cepule – to Riga City Latgale District Court. They had applied for vacant positions in these courts.
6 February, 2018


At the sitting of the Council for the Judiciary on January 22 and on February 5, having heard the opinions and suggestions for further action in the area of ​​insolvency matters related to litigation and the development of the judicial system as a whole, it was decided – although since 2014 significant changes have been made to legal framework and legal proceedings – to carry out an in-depth study of the decisions adopted by the first instance court in insolvency matters between 2008 and 2014.
5 February, 2018

Decision of the Council for the Judiciary on the Evaluation of Conduct of Insolvency Proceedings

When assessing the criticism expressed in the public space about the insolvency proceedings, as well as the opinions and suggestions expressed during the sitting of the Council for further actions regarding the solving of issues related to insolvency proceedings and regarding the development of the judicial system in general, the Council for the Judiciary decided: 1) To invite the Supreme Court, by attracting experts in the field of justice, to collect and analyze cases of insolvency and legal protection in which protests were accepted from 2008 to 2014 and, if necessary, randomly investigate cases in which a protest has not been filed. 2) To invite the Ministry of Justice, in cooperation with the Court Administration, to carry out an examination of the specialization of judges and the distribution of cases in insolvency matters at first instance courts from 2008 until 2014.
23 January, 2018

Legal framework and judicial proceedings on insolvency are analyzed during the sitting of the Council for the Judiciary

Having heard the information and opinion of the Department of Civil Cases of the Supreme Court on insolvency proceedings, the report of the Ministry of Justice on the legal regulation of insolvency and the opinions of the heads of judicial self-governing bodies, there was a unanimous opinion that in recent years, compared to the situation in 2008-2014, there has been a significant positive change regarding the legal framework and judicial proceedings on insolvency. For instance, the legal framework has been changed several times, the Advisory Council in Insolvency Matters has been restored, a new system of selection of judges is being established, a regular evaluation of professional activity of all judges has been introduced, and the ongoing judicial territorial reform will ensure that, when determining the specialization of judges, it is possible to fully observe the principle of randomness in distribution of cases.
22 January, 2018

The Council for the Judiciary suspends the sitting until 5 February

On Monday, 22 January, the Council for the Judiciary began to address the issue of criticism of insolvency proceedings expressed in public space.