6 January, 2014
Ivars Bickovics, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, sent letters to judges of Latvian district (city) courts, regional courts and the Supreme Court, informing them about opportunity to register their candidacy for the position of a judge of the Constitutional Court.
Candidates have to submit motivation letter, curriculum vitae and two references to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court until February, 3.
Decision on recommending of a judge of the Republic of Latvia to the Saeima (the Parliament) for confirmation in the office of a judge of the Constitutional Court shall be adopted by the Plenary Session (general meeting of judges) of the Supreme Court.
Vacancy appeared in the Supreme Court, because term of office of Aija Branta, the judge of the Constitutional Court, who was confirmed in this office by the Saeima ten years ago upon recommendation of Plenary Session of the Supreme Court, expires on March 24, 2014. In accordance the Law on Constitutional Court, the Saeima confirms another judge upon recommendation of the same institution, which had nominated candidacy of a previous judge.
There are seven judges in the Constitutional Court, and they are confirmed in the office by the Saeima. Three judges of the Constitutional Court are confirmed upon recommendation of at least ten parliamentarians, two judges – upon recommendation of the Cabinet of Ministers and two – upon recommendation of the Plenary Session of the Supreme Court. The Plenary Session of the Supreme Court selects candidates to position of a judge of the Constitutional Court from among judges of the Republic of Latvia.
Citizen of the Republic of Latvia, who has professional or academic university education (except for the first-level professional education) in law and Master’s (inter alia, higher legal education, which is equated to Master’s degree) or Doctor’s degree and who has at least ten years’ working experience in a legal profession or in a scientific or educational field in a judicial specialty, may be confirmed a judge of the Constitutional Court. The judge of the Constitutional Court must be at least 40 years old and with unblemished reputation. A person, who may not be nominated to the office of a judge under Section 55 of the Law “On Judicial Power”, shall not be appointed as a judge of the Constitutional Court.
Information prepared by
Rasma Zvejniece, the Head of the Division of Communication of the Supreme Court
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