Composition

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Judicial Council on December 1, 2019. First row from the left: Ineta Ziemele, Aigars Strupiss, Juta Strike, Dzintra Balta, Ivars Bickovics, Aija Ava, Iveta Kruka, Eriks Kalnmeiers; Second row from the left: Janis Rozenbergs, Janis Bordans, Janis Skrastins, Juris Stukans, Andris Zutis, Guntars Plorins, Zigmunds Dundurs

In accordance with Section 89of the law “On Judicial Power”, the composition of the Judicial Council consists of 15 members – eight permanent members (officials) and seven elected members.

The Judicial Council has the following permanent members:

1) The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court;

2) The President of the Constitutional Court;

3) The Minister of Justice;

4) The Chairperson of the Legal Affairs Committee of the Saeima;

5) The Prosecutor General;

6) The Chair of the Latvian Council of Sworn Advocates;

7) The Chair of the Latvian Council of Sworn Notaries;

8) The Chair of the Latvian Council of Sworn Bailiffs.

A permanent member (official) may authorise another person for the participation in a meeting of the Judicial Council.

 

The Judicial Council has following elected members:  

1) A judge elected by the Plenary Session of the Supreme Court; and

2) Six judges elected by a conference of judges.

The Judicial Conference elects one member of the Judicial Council from among judges of Land Registry offices; three members are elected from among judges of district (city) courts and two judges are elected from among judges of regional courts.

The term of office of an elected member of the Judicial Council shall be four years. The member may be re-elected, but not more than twice in succession The status of an elected member of the Judicial Council may not be consistent with the fulfilment of the duties of a member of the Judicial Disciplinary Committee, a member of the Disciplinary Court, a member of the Judicial Qualification Committee or a member of the Judicial Ethics Commission.

The Ombudsman and the Director of the Court Administration or the authorised representatives thereof, a representative delegated by an expert in jurisprudence approved by the Latvian Academy of Sciences, as well as representatives from associations of judges may participate in the work of the Judicial Council in an advisory capacity.

 

Composition of the Judicial Council 

Officials:

Aigars STRUPISS, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, the Chair of the Judicial Council 

Ineta ZIEMELE, the President of the Constitutional Court  

Janis BORDANS, the Minister of Justice

Juris STUKANS, the Prosecutor General

Juris JURASS, the Chair of the Saeima Legal Affairs Committee

Janis ROZENBERGS, the Chair of the Council of Sworn Advocates

Janis SKRASTINS, the Chair of the Council of Sworn Notaries

Iveta KRUKA, the Chair of the Council of Sworn Bailiffs 

 

A member elected at the Plenary Session of the Supreme Court:

Dzintra BALTA, the judge of the Supreme Court (elected 11.09.2020)

Judges elected at the Latvian Judges’ Conference:

Juris SILINS, the judge of Zemgale Regional Court (elected 08.09.2020)

Zigmunds DUNDURS, the Judge of Riga City Vidzeme District Court (elected 10.11.2017)  

Aija AVA, the Deputy-chair of Kurzeme District Court (elected 13.11.2019)

Guntars PLORINS, the Chair of Riga City Vidzeme District Valmiera Courthouse (elected 11.09.2018)

Andris ZUTIS, the Judge of Rezekne City Court (elected 11.09.2018)

 

The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court is the Chair of the Judicial Council.

The Chair of the Judicial Council manages work of the Judicial Council, convenes sittings of the Judicial Council and establishes agenda of sittings; represents the Judicial Council and signs decisions of the Judicial Council and other documents. 

The Deputy-chair of the Judicial Council is elected by the Judicial Council among judges represented therein. Judge Dzintra BALTA has been elected the Deputy-chair of the Judicial Council on October 15, 2018.