21 October, 2019
The Council for the Judiciary awarded the title of Judge Emeritus to former Supreme Court Senator Valerijans Jonikans, who ceased to hold judicial office on April 30, 2019.
The proposal for granting the title of Judge Emeritus to Valerijans Jonikans was made by the Department of Civil Cases of the Supreme Court.
Valerijans Jonikans was a longtime judge, having held the office of a judge in district court and the office of a chair of courts in Bauska, Talsi and Daugavpils, in the Chamber of Criminal Cases and the Chamber of Civil Cases of the Supreme Court. He was one of the founders of administrative courts in Latvia; when in 2004 these courts started their activity he was the first chair of the Department of Administrative Cases of the Senate. Thereafter, he was appointed the chair of the Department of Civil Cases and the judge of that Department.
Valerijans Jonikans is a respected and recognized judge who has high ethical standards. He has received both the state's highest award – the Order of the Three Stars, the Badge of Honour of the Judicial System, and twice the Supreme Court’s award – the Themis Award. He has fulfilled judicial duties in good faith, served in the Judicial Disciplinary Committee, read lectures, produced publications and was a co-author of the Second Part of the Commentary on the Civil Procedure Law. Thus, he has made a particularly significant contribution to the development of the judicial system and to the promotion of knowledge and professionalism within the judiciary.
The Council for the Judiciary may grant the title of Judge Emeritus to a judge who has acted in good faith and has ceased his/her judicial duties. Valerijans Jonikans is the fifteenth Latvian judge to be awarded the title of Judge Emeritus.
Information prepared by
Rasma Zvejniece, the Head of the Division of Communication of the Supreme Court
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