Due to the fact that Aigars Sniedzitis, former judge of Bauska District Court, representative of district (city) courts at the Council for the Judiciary, has become a judge of Zemgale Regional Court, a member of the Council for the Judiciary from among the judges of district (city) courts should be re-elected during the Judges’ Conference.

The Council for the Judiciary decided that electoral procedure would in part be carried out electronically, partly on the spot. Namely, judges will be able to nominate candidates for the position of a member of the Council for the Judiciary from October 10 to October 27. Taking into account the will expressed by the judges to hear the members of the Council for the Judiciary on-site, this opportunity will be given to new candidates for the position on November 3 at the Judges’ Conference – it is intended to hear the vision of all nominees not only regarding the work of the Council for the Judiciary but also regarding the basic topic of Judges’ Conference – the independence of a judge.

In order not to burden the conference with time-consuming electoral procedures, it was decided to continue election of a new member of the Council electronically on 10 November.

The Council for the Judiciary has appointed Sandra Strence, Acting Chair of Riga City District Court, to lead the conference; Anita Rudzisa, judge of Land Registry Office of Riga City Zemgale District Court, - as a secretary.

The Council for the Judiciary also established a vote counting commission composed of judge of Riga District Court Ivonna Adamsone-Struza, judge of Land Registry Office of Riga District Court Inese Berzkalne, and judge of Ogre District Court Zita Kupce.

According to the Law "On Judicial Power", the Council for the Judiciary consists of 15 members: eight permanent members (officials) and seven elected members – judges. One elected member of the Council for the Judiciary is elected by the Plenary Session of the Supreme Court, but six judges have to be elected during the Judges’ Conference: one from the land registry office, three from district (city) courts and two from among the judges of regional courts.

 

Information prepared by

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

E-mail: rasma.zvejniece@at.gov.lv, telephone: +371 67020396, +371 28652211