On January 30, in a ceremony of giving the oath in the Riga Castle the oath to the State President was given by ten new judges who have been appointed to the position by the Saeima (Parliament). The State president accepted also the oath of the new judge of the Supreme Court Janis Neimanis. The judge may start to fulfill his duties, and on Friday, February 1, the Plenary Session of the Supreme Court will decide on appointment of Janis Neimanis in a concrete department.

Addressing the judges, the State president said, “Today, putting on the chain of the position, you are granted the address “Honour” – and so you will be addressed till you leave the position if you wear this chain with honour. It means not only honour, but also responsibility to administer justice independently, competently and fairly on behalf of the Republic of Latvia, and this is what you swore today to do.” V. Zatlers stressed that the basis of a lawful country is a fair court and judges. The strength of people’s trust in the state in many ways depends on judges, on their work and on the observance of the given oath by the new judges in every court proceeding, following carefully that the adjudications are commensurate to the offence, that it is understood both by the plaintiff and the defendant in the court.

Janis Neimanis graduated from the University of Latvia, Faculty of Law in 1999 with the qualification of a lawyer. In 2000 he received his master’s degree in law, in 2005 – the Doctor of Law degree. J. Neimanis has deep and versatile experience in the field of public law which he has gained both in practical work in the state administration when he worked in the Ministry of Justice and the Register of Enterprises, and in the academic work – he worked as the professor of law, associate professor in the Department of Law Theory and History of the Faculty of Law of the University of Latvia, and during his work as an attorney in law offices.

Under Article 54 of the law “On Judicial Power”, a judge of a district (city) court or of a regional court having at least the second qualification grade, or a person having at least 15 years of the total length of service of academic work in law specialties in higher education institutions, in the position of an attorney or a prosecutor, and having passed the examination for judges of the second grade qualification, may apply to the position of a judge of the Supreme Court. The transition regulations of the law state that till February 1, 2009, a person having at least 5 years of the total length of service in the indicated positions or in the position of an official may also be confirmed in the position of a judge of the Department of Administrative Cases of the Supreme Court Senate.

Information prepared by Division of Communications of the Supreme Court

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

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