17 December, 2019
At the meeting of December 16, the Council for the Judiciary approved amendments to the laws intended to change the procedure for nominating a candidate for the position of Prosecutor General by transferring this responsibility under the competence of the Council for the Judiciary. So far, the candidates for the position of the Prosecutor General for approval in the Saeima (parliament) were nominated by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, coordinating his decision with the Council for the Judiciary.
27 November, 2019
The Council for the Judiciary supported amendments prepared by the Saeima (parliament) to the Law on Judicial Power and the Judicial Disciplinary Liability Law, which concern the waiving of administrative immunity of judges and dismissal of judges in case of disciplinary proceedings initiated regarding conduct of a judge that is incompatible with the status of a judge.
27 November, 2019
Having reviewed a draft law prepared by the Ministry of Justice for amendments to the law “On Judicial Power”, which provides for the establishment of a specialized economic court, the Council for the Judiciary repeatedly rejected establishment of such a specialized court. The Council for the Judiciary still considers that specialization of judges is possible within the existing judicial system.
4 November, 2019
Emphasizing that a remuneration commensurate with the position of a judge and competitive remuneration for court employees is a prerequisite for the balanced development of all branches of the state power and strengthening of the rule of law in the country, the Latvian Judges Conference adopted a resolution “On Remuneration of Judges and Court Employees”. The resolution will be sent to the President, the Saeima (Parliament) and the Cabinet of Ministers.
29 October, 2019
This year's Latvian Judges Conference taking place on Friday, November 1, will be dedicated to the topicalities of judicial work and judicial self-government institutions.
21 October, 2019
At the meeting on 21 October, the Council for the Judiciary examined the issue of the regulation of disciplinary liability of judges and conceptually decided that the immunity of judges in cases of administrative offenses should be waived. Members of the Council for the Judiciary, representatives of the Judicial Ethics Commission, the Judicial Disciplinary Committee, the Disciplinary Court and the representatives of judges’ associations took part in the discussion.
1 October, 2019
The development of a new procedure for selection of judges is on the agenda of the Council for the Judiciary aiming to introduce a conceptually new approach that meets the modern requirements for the position of a judge.
1 October, 2019
The Council for the Judiciary assessed and endorsed the Supreme Court's budget request for 2020, thus accepting two priority measures requiring additional funding - maintenance of the Supreme Court's information technology infrastructure – EUR 77,800, and an increase in remuneration of the Supreme Court’s employees of EUR 119,115.
13 August, 2019
In the issue of journal “Jurista Vards” of August 13, Aigars Strupiss, a member of the Council for the Judiciary and chair of the Department of Civil Cases of the Senate, expressed his views on the establishment of an economic court and about the way the decision of the Council for the Judiciary to not to support establishment of such a court as proposed by the Ministry of Justice is reflected.
8 August, 2019
The Council for the Judiciary supports the proposal to include in the calculation of the retirement pension of judges the length of service as a lawyer and academic staff of an accredited university, even if it is less than 10 years. Removal of the restriction imposed so far by the Law on Judges' Retirement Pensions will ensure proportionality and equality in the calculation of the length of service of judges.
5 July, 2019
On 5 July, the Council for the Judiciary appointed Sanita Kanenberga to the position of deputy-chair of the Administrative Regional Court. Judge Sanita Kanenberga already previously served as deputy-chair of the Administrative Regional Court.
1 July, 2019
Riga Regional Court will continue to be chaired for the next five years by the current chair Daiga Vilsone, as decided by the Council for the Judiciary on July 1. After reviewing the evaluation drawn up by the selection board and having heard all three candidates, the Council for the Judiciary decided on the re-appointment of Daiga Vilsone.