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26 November, 2020

Postponing the commencement of the work of the Economic Court will improve the quality of the selection procedure and the performance of the new court

At an extraordinary sitting on November 24, the Cabinet of Ministers supported the draft amendments to the Law “On Judicial Power” drawn up by the Ministry of Justice, which envisage postponing the commencement of operation of the Economic Court until March 31 next year.
16 November, 2020

The Judicial Council: The judge has a key role to play in efficient judicial proceedings

The main problems of lengthy court proceedings in Latvian courts are the organization of the proceedings, the role of judges in the management of the proceedings, the actions of other persons involved in the proceedings and mutual co-operation, as was concluded by the Judicial Council when assessing the working group’s report on reasons for lengthy court proceedings.
16 November, 2020

Support for the proposal to take into account the length of service as a judge when calculating the salary of the Prosecutor General

The Judicial Council acknowledged as justified the proposal of Saeima (Parliament) deputies to eliminate the discriminatory regulation by determining the remuneration of the Prosecutor General depending on whether the person was previously a prosecutor or a judge.
4 November, 2020

The form of testing skills of candidates for the position of a judge shall be determined by the commission

The Judicial Council has amended the procedure for the selection of candidates for the position of a judge of a district (city) courts and regional courts, providing that the form of testing professional skills shall be determined by the commission.
22 October, 2020

The Commission commences the selection of judges for the Economic Court

On Thursday, October 22, the Commission for the Selection of Judicial Candidates for District (City) Courts and Regional Courts established by the Judicial Council has commenced its work. Senator of the Supreme Court Dzintra Balta has been elected the Chair of the Commission, and Ilze Freimane, Chair of the District Administrative Court, has been elected the Deputy Chair of the Commission. The Commission has agreed on the further agenda.
20 October, 2020

A selection commission of candidates for the position of judges is established

The Judicial Council established a selection commission of candidates for the position of judges of district (city) courts and regional courts, which shall have 9 members – three senators of the Supreme Court, three judges of regional courts and three judges of district (city) courts. The commission is established for a period of three years.
20 October, 2020

The number of judges of the Department of Administrative Cases of the Senate will be increased for a period of two years

In order to strengthen the capacity of the Department of Administrative Cases of the Senate and reduce the backlog of cases, the Judicial Council has decided to increase the number of senators in the Department by two judges for the period of two years, reducing the number of judges in the Regional Administrative Court accordingly.
14 October, 2020

Sanita Osipova will represent the Constitutional Court in the Judicial Council

On October 14, the judges of the Constitutional Court unanimously elected the current Deputy President of the Constitutional Court Sanita Osipova as the President of the Constitutional Court.
30 September, 2020

Ten vacancies of judges from district (city) courts are transferred to the Economic Court

The Judicial Council agreed that ten judicial vacancies of district (city) courts shall be transferred to the Economic Court, which commences its work on January 1.
30 September, 2020

The possibility to transfer a case to another court should be maintained, but should be used as an exception

The regulation of Section 321 of the Civil Procedure Law, which allows transferring cases from one court to another, is used as a solution for levelling of workload between courts and faster examination of cases under civil procedure. The Judicial Council discussed whether this provision, which was introduced into the law for a definite period of time, should be determined as a permanent provision of the law. Practice shows that the grounds for transferring a case are not always sufficient and do not always meet an objective of this exception, i.e. to speed up the proceedings, as well as the availability of court to the participants in the proceedings is not sufficiently assessed at all times.