20 March, 2008
The work group of the Supreme Court the task of which will be to work out the procedure of nomination of the candidates to the position of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and to lead this procedure till the Plenary Session in which the Supreme Court judges will nominate the candidate to the position of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court for confirmation in the Saeima (Parliament), held its first meeting on March 20. The Deputy Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, the Chairman of the Chamber of Civil Cases Gunars Aigars was elected the chairman of the work group. The senator Skaidrite Lodzina of the Department of Civil Cases of the Senate, the senator Vilnis Vietnieks of the Department of Criminal Cases, the senator Ilze Skultane of the Department of Administrative Cases and the judge Ervins Kuskis of the Chamber of Criminal Cases are also included in the work group. In June, the term of office of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Andris Gulans expires. It is expected to convene the Plenary Session already in May to nominate a candidate to the position of the Chief Justice who after that has to be confirmed by the Saeima. The procedure of nomination of candidates to the position of the Chief Justice has not been determined anywhere, thus it is not clear who and in what way may nominate the candidates. Therefore in the Plenary Session of the Supreme Court on March 14 the judges agreed that each Department and Chamber will nominate one judge to the work group the task of which will be to work out the procedure of nomination of the candidates to the position of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and to lead this procedure till the Plenary Session.
17 March, 2008
After serious illness, in the night of the Palm Sunday Ilgars Zigfrids Septeris, the senator of the Department of Civil Cases of the Supreme Court passed away. The staff of the Supreme Court bids farewell to a professional, erudite colleague.
14 March, 2008
In his report in the annual Plenary Session which was held on March 14, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Andris Gulans analyzed not only the previous year of 2007, but also the achievements and disappointments of the Supreme Court during his second term in the office which expires this June.
14 March, 2008
In 2007, 3962 cases were heard in the Supreme Court. Although it is for 349 cases less than in the previous year, the report Plenary Session of the Supreme Court which was held on March 14 acknowledged it a good indicator. It is alarming that the remainder of pending cases has increased. At the end of 2007 it was 1604 cases – for 258 more than in 2006. The chiefs of all the structural units – the Senate Departments and the Court Chambers stressed in their reports that the number of judges is not sufficient, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Andris Gulans also admitted that the Supreme Court judges work on the verge of exhaustion because the big work load remains already for several years, the court cases become more complicated, the proceedings – longer.
13 March, 2008
On March 14, the annual report Plenary Session of the Supreme Court will be held where the judges will evaluate the results of 2007 and determine the directions of further activities.
13 March, 2008
On March 13, at the opening of the traditional annual report conference in the Supreme Court the reporters were informed that Andris Gulans in the position of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court leads such conference for the last time. In June when his term in the office expires A. Gulans has decided not to run repeatedly for the position of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.
12 March, 2008
A day prior to the report Plenary Session of the Supreme Court, on Thursday, March 13, at 12.00, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court invites journalists to a discussion to share the thoughts about the assessment of the court activities both in the last year and in the seven years of his term of office in general. In 2007, the Supreme Court experienced changes in the structure and management. Two heads of the departments have changed, a new division – the Division of Complaints was established, a new division of the Administration – the Division of Personnel was established at the beginning of 2008. The strategy of the Supreme Court activities for 2007 – 2010 has been approved in which four priorities are defined: professional and fair administering of justice, development of a uniform court practice, promotion of public awareness of judicial power and strengthening of the principles of good administration in the management of the institution. The Chief Justice of the Court will analyze the statistics of 2007 which is accessible also on the website www.at.gov.lv, section “Court information/Statistics”. The new version of the website was opened this week, and it retains all the previous information, however, there are wider possibilities for seeking information and participation. To assist in working with the new website and to find the necessary information, a printed guide “For the users of www.at.gov.lv” has been worked out which will be presented to all the participants of the press conference along with the brochure “Supreme Court of the Republic of Latvia”.
7 March, 2008
On March 7, the Judicial Qualification Panel approved the confirmation of the Chairman of the Administrative Regional Court Aldis Lavins in the position of the Supreme Court judge. Aldis Lavins was born in 1973, in 1996 he graduated from the Latvian Academy of Police with the diploma of a lawyer, afterwards he received his master’s degree in law. He worked in the State Police in the position of an inspecting officer, in the Department of Civil Law of the Latvian Academy of Police and the Legal Department of the State Treasury. In 1999, the Saeima (Parliament) appointed Aldis Lavins in the position of a judge of the Riga City Zemgales district court, in 2002 he was confirmed in the position of a judge without the limitation of the term of office. In 2003, A. Lavins was confirmed in the position of a judge of the Panel of Civil Cases of the Riga Regional Court. In 2004, administrative courts were established in Latvia, and the Saeima confirmed Aldis Lavins in the position of a judge of the Administrative Regional Court starting from February 1, but on March 31 A. Lavins was appointed in the position of the Chairman of the Administrative Regional Court. Aldis Lavins is a member of the Judicial Disciplinary Panel since 2005. He is known also as a professor of law and an author of publications, he is one of the authors of the collection of articles “Administrative Procedure: Law, Practice, Commentaries” published by “Latvijas Vestnesis”.
7 March, 2008
March 11, at 16.00, the opening of the new version of the Supreme Court website, the newly created domain and the brochure of the Supreme Court will take place. The new version of the website is already publicly accessible today, it replaced the one designed in 2003. All the previous information has been retained, however, the new version has an updated design, there are wider possibilities to use information and cooperate. A printed guide “www.at.gov.lv lietotājiem” has been worked out to provide assistance in examining the new website and finding the necessary information. “Information for interior usage” – this is the title of the domain intended to be used only by the staff of the Supreme Court. This source of information will help anyone working in the Supreme Court as it will not only show the previous announcements and press releases, but also provide usage of the catalogues of the staff contacts and document files, and allow to examine the interior regulative documents and much more.
3 March, 2008
The Plenary Session of the Supreme Court on March 3 confirmed Kalvis Torgans in the position of the senator of the Department of Civil Cases of the Senate, and Rudite Vidusa – to the position of the senator of the Department of Administrative Cases of the Senate. K. Torgans and R. Vidusa were confirmed in the position of the Supreme Court judges without the limitation of the term of office by the Saeima (Parliament) on February 14. R. Vidusa worked in the Supreme Court already in 2004 in the position of the assistant to the senator of the Department of Administrative Cases, and since February 1, 2007 she worked as the acting senator of the Department of Administrative Cases of the Senate replacing a senator who was in long-term absence. The senator Jautrite Briede, suggesting the appointment of Rudite Vidusa in the Department of Administrative Cases, stressed that R. Vidusa have already proved herself as a professional judge.