The Judicial Ethical Commission has acknowledged that a judge engaged also in scientific work and lecturing may in such work use the judgments of the court he/she represents, and express criticism on them, as well.

Such interpretation of the standards of the Latvian Judicial Ethical Code was given by the Ethical Commission on June 27 upon the request of the senator Janis Neimanis of the Department of Administrative Cases of the Supreme Court Senate.

The Commission found that scientific activities, including the lecturer’s work and writing scientific articles is in the interests of the public and to perfect the professionalism of judges, and in this kind of work it is acceptable to analyze and criticize judgments, and it generally does not cause contradiction with the standards of ethics. However, while performing scientific work and expressing criticism on judgments, a judge has to see that in every particular case it does not hinder the fulfillment of the judge’s duties.


Information prepared by

Head of the Division of Communications of the Supreme Court Rasma Zvejniece

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