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24 May, 2016

The most important priority of courts – increase of salaries of court employees

Increase of salaries of court employees is the most important priority in 2017-2019, and financing thereof is requested from the state budget in new policy initiatives of district (city) courts and regional courts, and the Supreme Court.
24 May, 2016

Appointment and transfer of judges of district (city) courts

The Council for the Judiciary supported transfer of the judge Solvita Cirule from Ogre district court to Riga city Zemgale suburb court and transfer of the judge Maruta Bite from Riga district court to Riga city Kurzeme district court. Judges applied in competition to vacant offices of judges in particular courts.
24 May, 2016

Juris Stukans will run the Judicial Panel of Criminal Cases of Riga regional court

The Council for the Judiciary supported appointment of Juris Stukans, the judge of Riga regional court, to the office of the Chair of the Judicial Panel of Criminal Cases, deputy Chair of Riga regional court for the term of five years.
24 May, 2016

Increase of number of judges of regional courts and district courts is supported

In accordance with court reform, along with transfer to system of clear system of three instances, the Chamber of Civil Cases of the Supreme Court will cease to exist on 31 December 2016. To ensure an opportunity to judges, who will not be able to continue work in the Supreme Court after the reform, to work in the appellate instance, the Council for the Judiciary supported a proposal to allocate two additional offices of judges to Riga regional court.
24 May, 2016

Qualification of judges in cases on application and control of pre-trial detention will be improved

To promote compliance of Latvian case-law with standards of the European Convention of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, the Council for the Judiciary considered it necessary to improve judges’ knowledge and skills in issues related to application and control of a security measure – detention – and quality of reasoning of decisions.
24 May, 2016

Continuation of distribution of civil cases among courts until the end of court reform is supported

The Council for the Judiciary listened to the information of the Ministry of Justice regarding operation of Section 321 of the Civil Procedure Law, and supported an opportunity to prolong transitional period established in this provision until 31 December 2018.
24 May, 2016

Strategy on activity of the Council for the Judiciary will be elaborated

To establish single understanding about mission and tasks of the Council for the Judiciary and role thereof in Latvia, and to promote organisation of work, efficiency and directions of activity of the Council for the Judiciary in long-term, the Council for the Judiciary considers it necessary to elaborate strategy for the Council for the Judiciary for three years.
24 May, 2016

Three directions of action of the Ministry of Justice to achieve goals set in the Government Declaration

The Ministry of Justice familiarised the Council for the Judiciary with action planned by the ministry to achieve goals set in the Government Declaration of Maris Kucinskis in three main directions – economic growth, rule of law and security, professionalism and competence.
24 May, 2016

The Council for the Judiciary will analyse process and results of court reform

Having listened to assessment of course of regional reform of courts, provided by the Association of Latvian Judges, and to opinions provided at the sitting of the Council for the Judiciary, the Council considers it necessary to pay particular attention to this issue at the next sitting of the Council for the Judiciary, to analyse process, problems and benefits of the reform.
24 May, 2016

New composition of the Judicial Ethics’ Committee is elected

In the second turn of elections of the Judicial Ethics’ Committee held on 23 May, Dace Skrauple, the judge of Zemgale regional court, and Inara Jaunzeme, the judge of Jurmala court house of Riga district court, were elected as members to the Committee. Thus, the Judicial Ethics’ Committee may start work in new composition.