Starting from February 1, the duties of the senator of the Department of Administrative Cases of the Supreme Court will be fulfilled by the judge Rudite Vidusa of the Administrative Regional Court, temporarily replacing the judge Gunta Visnakova during her temporary absence.

Rudite Vidusa was born in 1974. She graduated from the University of Latvia, Faculty of Law in 2004 with the qualification of a lawyer. She studied in the master’s course of law in the University of Latvia, participated in on-line course “International Protection of Human Rights” of the Academy of Abo (Finland), regularly takes part in the training and seminars organized by the Court Administration and the Judicial training Center. In the Latvian Judicial training Center, R. Vidusa has read lectures for judges and notaries on the administrative procedure of construction, public participation and practice of the European Court of Human Rights in cases related to construction. R. Vidusa started her legal work in 2000 in the Center of legal practice and assistance of the University of Latvia, within the framework of the course providing legal assistance in the company for transparency “Delna”. During the studies, R. Vidusa was the legal editor of the magazine “Law and Rights”. From 2004 till 2005, R. Vidusa worked in the Department of Administrative Cases of the Supreme Court Senate as the assistant to the senator, taking part parallel in the project “Program of promotion of implementation of the Administrative Procedure Law” of the public political center “Providus”. In February 2005, the Saeima (Parliament) appointed R. Vidusa in the position of a judge of the Administrative District Court, and since September 2005, she is a judge of the Administrative Regional Court. On December 23, 2005, R. Vidusa was conferred the third qualification grade.

A positive reference to the work of R. Vidusa was given by the Chairman of the Department of Administrative Cases of the Supreme Court Senate Valerijans Jonikans, noting that the senators of the Department have found R. Vidusa one of the most suitable candidates as they value her as a very perspective judge who determinedly perfects her knowledge. The judges of the cassation instance acknowledge that adjudications in the cases where the reporting judge in the appellate instance court was R. Vidusa, are based on carefully clarified and evaluated actual circumstances of the case, the legal analysis applied in the adjudications is convincing, the drawn conclusions prove deep understanding of the legal problem. When R. Vidusa worked in the Department of Administrative Cases as the assistant to the senator, already then the colleagues saw her as an employee with great working capacity and a wish to examine each disputable issue more extensively referring also to foreign authors in the matters of application of law.

Due to illness, the senator G. Visnakova does not fulfill the duties of a judge since March 15, 2006. thus, the Department of Administrative Cases works in incomplete composition, and it affects both the work load of judges and efficiency of reviewing cases. On November 2, 2006, the Saeima (Parliament) supplemented Article 79 of the law “On Judicial Power” with the part 1.1 stating that a judge of the Department of Administrative Cases of the Supreme Court Senate in case of vacancy of temporary absence – for not more than two years – may be replaced by a judge of the Administrative Regional Court upon assignment of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, after he receives a positive reference from the Judicial Qualification Panel and coordinates the issue with the Minister of Justice. The Chairman of the Department of Administrative Cases considers that it is purposeful to make use of the rights provided by the law. The Chairman of the Administrative Regional Court has agreed to transfer of R. Vidusa to work in the Department of Administrative Cases.
 

 

Information prepared by Division of Communications of the Supreme Court

Author: Rasma Zvejniece, Head of the Division of Communications of the Supreme Court

E-mail: rasma.zvejniece@at.gov.lv, telephone: 7020396, 28652211