The priority of the judicial system is the qualitative handling of cases within the shortest possible timeframes, and the courts look for internal resources to make efficient use of human resources for carrying out this task. On the proposal of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, the Council for the Judiciary changed the number of senators in the Supreme Court departments for a period from 4 February to 26 August, transferring one position of a judge of the Department of Civil Cases to the Department of Administrative Cases.

The transfer of a position was carried out by analysing the number of cases received and reviewed by the Supreme Court, as well as the workload of judges. Over the last two years, the number of pending cases has significantly increased in the Department of Administrative Cases, while the Department of Civil Cases has significantly reduced both the backlog of cases and the average number of days required for deciding cases.

In the Department of Civil Cases there will temporarily work 16 judges, in the Department of Administrative Cases – 11 judges, in the Department of Criminal Cases – 8 judges.

The Council for the Judiciary adopted a decision in the sitting of 28 January 2019. 


Information prepared by

Rasma Zvejniece, the Head of the Division of Communication of the Supreme Court

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