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26 April, 2016

Amendments to the Civil Procedure Law to make work of the cassation instance efficient are supported

The Council for the Judiciary supported amendments to the Civil Procedure Law being currently advanced in the Saeima (Parliament), which are envisaged to increase the efficiency of cassation proceedings.
26 April, 2016

Assessment of professional activity of judges urges judges to improve themselves

Having completed the first evaluation of professional activity of all Latvia judges, which had been carried out for three years, the Judicial Qualification Committee concluded that, along with evaluation of professional activity, understanding among judges regarding their obligation of professional improvement and development has increased.
13 April, 2016

The latest report of the European Commission acknowledges positive assessment of efficiency of work of Latvian courts

The European Commission has published already the fourth report on rule of law in the European Union “Summary of European results in justice” (The 2016 EU Justice Scoreboard), which includes analysis of efficiency and independence of the system of justice in 28 Member States of the European Union. Summarised data about Latvia show positive trend regarding significant indicators of efficiency: length of proceedings, backlog of cases, and implementation of digital solutions in work of courts.
22 March, 2016

Guidelines for management of terms of adjudication of cases in courts will be improved

In accordance with recommendations given by the Council’s of Europe Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ) and amendments to the law “On Judicial Power”, the condition of implementation of standard of terms of adjudication of cases in courts has been implemented since 2014. Chairs of courts must plan and annually determine work goals regarding the average terms of adjudication of cases in the court and observe actual execution of these terms. The Council for the Judiciary, in its turn, in accordance with the law, has approved Guidelines for determination of standard of terms of adjudication of cases in courts.
22 March, 2016

The Council for the Judiciary points out necessity to make procedure of appeal in disciplinary cases more efficient

The Council for the Judiciary does not support a proposal regarding reorganisation of the Disciplinary Court as a single appellate instance to review disciplinary cases of all persons belonging to the court system, but it considers as possible to improve existing procedure of appeal in disciplinary cases and to make it more efficient.
22 March, 2016

Issues related to judicial career: deputy Chair of the regional court is appointed; four judges have been transferred

The Council for the Judiciary appointed Alla Silova, the judge of Latgale regional court, to the office of the Chair of Judicial Panel of Civil Cases and, at the same time, the deputy Chair of this court, for the term of five years.
22 March, 2016

The plan of elections of the Judicial Ethics’ Committee and managers of Judges’ Conference are confirmed

The Judges’ Conference of this year, to be held on 13 May, will be dedicated to issues related to judicial ethics, because the composition of the Judicial Ethics’ Committee, which has worked since the establishment of the Committee in 2008, must be re-elected. In accordance with the law “On Judicial Power”, a member of the Judicial Ethics’ Committee is elected for the term of four years and not more than for two consecutive terms.
8 March, 2016

Issues related to judicial career: determination of the court, and instruction to discharge duties during the vacancy

The Council for the Judiciary determined the Land Registry Office of Talsi district court as a court, where the judge Baiba Volfa-Riekstina, who was appointed to the office of a judge of a district (city) court by a decision of the Saeima (Parliament) of 18 February, will discharge judicial duties.
16 February, 2016

The Council for the Judiciary once more updates problem of insufficient remuneration of court employees

Repeatedly drawing the attention to disproportionately low remuneration of court employees, the Council for the Judiciary urges to allocate sufficient funds to the court system, so that it would be possible to increase wages of employees of courts and public prosecutor’s office until the maximum amount within the unified system of remuneration of officials and employees of state and municipal institutions.
16 February, 2016

Comprehensive assessment of Latvian court system will be carried out

The Council for the Judiciary listened to information of the Court Administration on assessment of Latvian court system, which has been planned within framework of project of European Structural Funds. The assessment will serve as a basis for elaboration of comprehensive plan of development of the system of justice, to support economic development, by improving operation of the system of justice.