On 4 September, the Plenary Session of the Supreme Court elected Lubova Kusnire, the judge of the Department of Civil Cases, Anita Polakova, the judge of the Department of Criminal Cases, and Andris Gulans, the judge of the Department of Administrative Cases, to offices of members of the Disciplinary Court, and Aigars Strupiss, the judge of the Department of Civil Cases, was elected to the office of the Chair of the Disciplinary Court.  

Judges Lubova Kusnire and Anita Polakova were elected as new members of the Disciplinary Court, and the judge Andris Gulans was re-elected for the second term of office.

Three members of the Disciplinary Court – Aigars Strupiss, Inguna Radzevica and Vesma Kakste – continue their work, as they were elected later, and their term of office continues.  

Aigars Strupiss was nominated as the only candidate to the office of the Chair of the Disciplinary Court, and 29 from among 30 judges having the right to vote, who were present at the Plenary Session, voted for him, and one judge refrained from voting.

The term of office of a member of the Disciplinary Court is five years, therefore, the Plenary Session of the Supreme Court had to re-elect three judges of the Disciplinary Court, who had served complete five-year term. From among them, term of office of Marite Zagere, the Chair of the Disciplinary Court, expired, so it was necessary to re-elect also the Chair of the Disciplinary Court as well.

Section 21 of the Law on Disciplinary Liability of Judges stipulates that the Disciplinary Court is composed of six judges of the Supreme Court (two judges from the Department of Civil Cases, the Department of Criminal Cases and the Department of Administrative Cases), who are elected by the Plenary Session of the Supreme Court for five years. The member of the Disciplinary Court may not simultaneously hold office of the member of the Council for the Judiciary, the Judicial Disciplinary Committee, the Judicial Qualification Committee, or the Judicial Ethics’ Committee.

The Disciplinary Court was established in the Supreme Court in 2010. It has been convened to examine appealed decisions adopted by the Judicial Disciplinary Committee, and to verify lawfulness of negative statements provided by the Judicial Qualification Committee, and to review appealed decisions of the Prosecutor General regarding imposition of disciplinary punishments.  

 

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