On September 27, the Parliament approved the former judge of the Zemgale Regional Court Inta Lauka in the position of the Supreme Court judge. Votes: 81 for, 0 against, 0 abstained.Inta Lauka graduated from the University of Latvia, Faculty of Law, in 1982 as a specialist of law. She worked as a senior counsel in the Agricultural industrial company of Stučka region and in the company “Koknese”. From 1993 till 1996 she held a position of judge in the Aizkraukle district court. In 1996, I. Lauka was approved in the position of judge of Zemgale Regional Court where she reviewed both civil cases which were in the jurisdiction of the regional court as the court of first instance, and civil cases under the procedure of appeal. In 2004, the judge was conferred the second degree of qualification.

Lauka has attended seminars for judges of Panel of Civil Cases of regional courts organized by the Supreme Court and the Judges Training Center, in 2007 within the framework of the EU Twinning project “International Family Law” she participated in the conference “Reform, Ethics and Transparency of the Legal System”, as well as was a lecturer herself – she lectured on the insolvency process in the Judges Training Center, and on issues on protection of human rights in Zemgale Regional Court, courts of Aizkraukle, Bauska, Jēkabpils, Tukums, Dobele and Jelgava. Besides, I. Lauka controls the activities of notaries and court executors, presents conclusions to the Judges Quallification Panel on the work of judges of the first instance – district courts of Aizkraukle, Jēkabpils, Bauska within the territory of Zemgale Regional Court. In 2005, I. Lauka was awarded Diploma of the Court Administration, and in 2006 – the II grade Diploma and the Silver Pen of the Ministry of Justice.
Positive opinion regarding promotion of I. Lauka to the position of the Supreme Court judge was expressed by the Chairman of the Zemgale Regional Court I. Preisa, and the senator Rita Saulīte from the Department of Civil Cases of the Supreme Court Senate. In the meeting of August 31, the Judges Qualification Commission expressed positive statement for approval of her in the position of the Supreme Court judge. Positive opinion was expressed also by the Legal Commission of the Parliament.
In accordance with the law “On Judicial Power”, after receiving the opinion from the Judges Qualification Commission the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court applies to the Parliament to approve the judge in the position. After a positive decision, the Plenary Session decides on approval of a judge in one of the structural units of the Supreme Court.


September 28, 2007
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