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Ivars Bickovics

Vital Statistics

Born February 1, 1962 in Aizkraukle district, Latvia


1980-1985 University of Latvia Faculty of Law, Master of Laws
1968-1980 Koknese Secondary School

Professional Experience

Since 2008 – The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Latvia
1996 -2008 – The Chair of the Chamber of Criminal Cases of the Supreme Court
1992 -1996 – The judge of the Chamber of Criminal Cases of the Supreme Court
1987-1992 – The judge of the People’s court of Aizkraukle district
1985-1987 – Service in Soviet Army
1983-1985 – Security officer in Non-departmental Guarding Department of Riga city October district
1983 – Senior lawyer of Agro-Industrial Association of Aizkraukle district

Additional duties

Chair of the Council of Justice of Latvia
Member of the Network of the Supreme Judical Courts of the European Union

Since 2010 – the Chair of the Council for the Judiciary
Since 2008 – the member of the Presidents of the Supreme Judicial Courts of the European Union

Member of the Joint Board of Professors of Riga Stradins University, Business university Turiba and Rezekne Higher educational institution, the member of the Board of Professors of the Faculty of Law of the University of Latvia, the member of the Convent and the member of the Council of the Faculty of Law of the Business university Turiba


Mark of Distinction of the System of Justice of Latvia of the 1st tier

Former additonal duties 

Has been President of the Latvian Judicial Association since 1998 until 2008
Deputy Chairman of the Judicial Qualification Committee since 1994 until 2008, the Chair of the Judicial Disciplinary Committee since 2008 until 2010
Has been Council member and lecturer of the Latvian Judicial Training Center

Participation in the work of the Judicial Commission and the Commission of Defense, Interior Affairs and Corruption Prevention of the Saeima (Parliament), in the Advisory Board of Prevention of Legalization of Illegally Acquired Assets, in the working group on alignment of regulation of additional punishment – extradition, in the working group of institutions on analysis and improvement of regulative documents determining the legal assistance provided by the state, etc.

Additional Education

Training and experience exchange visits in Canada, USA, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, India, etc.
Seminars, lectures, conferences in Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, etc.