On February 1, according to the decision of the Saeima (Parliament), Aivars Keiss, the former acting Deputy Chairman of the Zemgales Regional Court was confirmed in the position of the judge of the Supreme Court. On February 9, the Plenary Session of the Supreme Court will decide on appointment of the judge in one of the structural unites of the Supreme Court. It is expected that Keiss might work in the Chamber of Civil Cases.

Aivars Keiss was born in 1959 in Balvi. In 1986, he graduated from the Latvian Academy of Agriculture, Faculty of Forest Engineering and started to work as an engineer forester. In 1990 – 1994, he was the Chairman of the Baltinava municipality board. In 1994, he graduated from the University of Latvia, Faculty of Law, with the qualification of a lawyer, and started to work in the position of a judge of the Jekabpils District Court. In 1996, he got his master’s degree in the University of Latvia, Faculty of Law. Since 1997, A. Keiss holds a position of a judge in the Zemgales Regional Court specializing in civil law. Starting from 2005, the judge fulfills also the duties of the acting Deputy Chairman of the Regional Court. In 2006, A. Keiss was conferred the second qualification grade.

On December 28, 2008, the Judicial Qualification Panel, having reviewed the materials submitted by the Ministry of Justice, expressed approval of the appointment of A. Keiss in the position of a judge of the Supreme Court. Positive opinion regarding the judge’s work was expressed by the Chairman of the Department of Civil Cases of the Supreme Court M. Dudelis.

According to the law “On Judicial Power”, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, after receiving a positive statement of the Judicial Qualification Panel, applies to the Saeima with a request to confirm the judge in the position. The appointment of the judge in one of the structural unites of the Supreme Court is decided by the Plenary Session of the Supreme Court.
 

 

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