4 December, 2014
On 4 December, the Saeima (Parliament) awarded Gunars Aigars, the former Chair of the Chamber of Civil Cases of the Supreme Court, and Astrida Herta Berzina, the former Chair of Kurzeme regional court, with the status of the Judge Emeritus.
Proposal to grant the title of the Judge Emeritus to Aigars and Berzina was sent to the Saeima by the Council for the Judiciary.
Proposal on awarding of Gunars Aigars with the title of the Judge Emeritus was submitted by Ivars Bickovics, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, and Gaidis Berzins, the former Minister of Justice, who in his turn did it upon proposal of Maris Vigants, the Chair of the Administrative regional court.
It is pointed out in reasoning of the proposal that Aigars dedicated 47 years of his life to judge’s work. Since 1967 he had been a judge of Liepaja court and the Chair of the same court, became a judge of the Supreme Court in 1990. In 1995, when establishing new structure of the Supreme Court, was elected to the office of the Chair of the Chamber of Civil Cases and held this office until retirement in 2014. Held an office of the deputy Chief Justice of the Supreme Court for nineteen years, and the office of the Chair of the Judicial Qualification Committee – for fifteen years.
Proposal on awarding of Astrida Herta Berzina with the title of the Judge Emeritus was submitted on behalf of body of Kurzeme regional court by Silva Reinholde, the Chair of the court.
It is pointed out in application that Astrida Herta Berzina had been the judge and the Chair since foundation of the regional court in 1995 until retirement in 2005. Previously, she had been a judge of Liepaja court for seventeen years, and since 1989 – also the Chair of Liepaja court.
In accordance with Section 66 of the law “On Judicial Power” the Saeima upon proposal of the Council for the Judiciary may award the judge, who had worked decently and terminated judicial activity, with the title of the Judge Emeritus.
Information prepared by
Rasma Zvejniece, the Head of the Division of Communication of the Supreme Court
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