On Friday, 6 March, the Plenary Session or the general meeting of the Supreme Court will assess work of the Supreme Court in 2014, re-elect the Secretary of the Plenary Session and representative of the Central Election Commission from among judges.

The most part of the agenda of the Plenary Session will be dedicated to assessment of performance of the Supreme Court in previous year. Performance of structural units will be analysed by Heads of units – Edite Vernusa, the discharger of duties of the Chair of the Department of Civil Cases; Peteris Dzalbe, the Chair of the Department of Criminal Cases; Veronika Krumina, the Chair of the Department of Administrative Cases; Raimonds Gravelsins, the discharger of duties of the Chair of the Chamber of Civil Cases; Pavels Gruzins, the Head of the Division of Case-law, and Sandra Lapina – the Head of the Administration. Report on work of the Disciplinary Court is included in the agenda of the Plenary Session for the first time, and it will be read by Marite Zagere, the Chair of the Disciplinary Court. Performance of last year and tasks for 2015 will be summarized by Ivars Bickovics, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, when concluding assessment of performance of last year. 

One may see detailed statistical report on review of cases in the Supreme Court in 2014 on the Internet web site of the court www.at.gov.lv in section Proceedings/ Statistics.

The agenda of the Plenary Session of the Supreme Court envisages two elections. In accordance with the Manual of the Plenary Session, the Secretary of the Plenary Session is elected from among judges of the Supreme Court for three years. Three-year term served by Inara Garda, the judge of the Department of Civil Case, who has executed these duties for two terms, expires.

Representative of judges to the Central Election Commission, in turn, must be elected by the Plenary Session in accordance with the law “On the Central Election Commission”. The Central Election Commission consists of nine members, the Chair and seven members of the Commission being elected by the Saeima (Parliament), and one member is elected from among judges by the Supreme Court at its Plenary Session – not later than six months after the convocation of the new Saeima. Peteris Dzalbe, the Chair of the Department of Criminal Cases, has discharged these duties since 2009, being re-elected.

Eriks Kalnmeiers, the Prosecutor General, Gaidis Berzins, the Chair of the Legal Affairs Committee of the Saeima and Solvita Aboltina, the Chair of the Judicial Policy Subcommittee of the Legal Affairs Committee, Dzintars Rasnacs, the Minister of Justice, and Irena Kucina, Deputy State Secretary on Court Issues of the Ministry of Justice, and Janis Grinbergs, the Chair of the Latvian Council of Sworn Advocates, are invited to participate in the Plenary Session.  

The Plenary Session will begin at 9.30 o’clock in Room 146 of the Supreme Court. You may see the agenda here.

 

Information prepared by

Rasma Zvejniece, the Head of the Division of Communication of the Supreme Court

E-mail: rasma.zvejniece@at.gov.lv, telephone: 67020396, 28652211