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About the Judicial Council

14 December, 2020

Judicial Council: The law does not provide for exceptions to the extension of the term of office of chairs of courts

At the meeting on December 11, having heard the proposal of the Ministry of Justice to postpone the announcement of the competition for the position of a chair of a district (city) court and a regional court in exceptional cases, the Judicial Council did not support this proposal. The members of the Judicial Council pointed out that if it is necessary to extend the term of office of the existing chair in exceptional cases, such a possibility should be provided for in the Law “On Judicial Power”, and not in the procedure for nominating and appointing chairs of courts approved by the Judicial Council. At present, the Law does not provide for exceptions, therefore it is not possible to provide for such exceptions within the procedure approved by the Judicial Council.

14 December, 2020

Reports and comparative studies on the independence of the European judiciaries 2020

An overview of significant European-level comparative studies on judicial systems published this year was presented at the meeting of Judicial Council on 11 December.

10 December, 2020

Judicial Council: The model of the new Law on Remuneration is still incomprehensible and non-transparent

Having evaluated the draft law "Law On Remuneration of Officials and Employees of State and Local Government Authorities" developed by the State Chancellery, the Judicial Council acknowledges that the model of its development is incomprehensible and calls on the State Chancellery to substantiate the draft law properly.

1 December, 2020

Support for alignment of remuneration of employees of prosecutor’s office and courts

The Judicial Council has supported the Prosecutor General's proposal to amend the provisions regarding group of maximum monthly salaries of prosecutor's office employees specified in the Law on Remuneration of Officials and Employees of State and Local Government Authorities. So far it has been Group 8, the Judicial Council recommends changing it to Group 13.

26 November, 2020

Postponing the commencement of the work of the Economic Court will improve the quality of the selection procedure and the performance of the new court

At an extraordinary sitting on November 24, the Cabinet of Ministers supported the draft amendments to the Law “On Judicial Power” drawn up by the Ministry of Justice, which envisage postponing the commencement of operation of the Economic Court until March 31 next year.

16 November, 2020

The Judicial Council: The judge has a key role to play in efficient judicial proceedings

The main problems of lengthy court proceedings in Latvian courts are the organization of the proceedings, the role of judges in the management of the proceedings, the actions of other persons involved in the proceedings and mutual co-operation, as was concluded by the Judicial Council when assessing the working group’s report on reasons for lengthy court proceedings.

16 November, 2020

Support for the proposal to take into account the length of service as a judge when calculating the salary of the Prosecutor General

The Judicial Council acknowledged as justified the proposal of Saeima (Parliament) deputies to eliminate the discriminatory regulation by determining the remuneration of the Prosecutor General depending on whether the person was previously a prosecutor or a judge.

4 November, 2020

The form of testing skills of candidates for the position of a judge shall be determined by the commission

The Judicial Council has amended the procedure for the selection of candidates for the position of a judge of a district (city) courts and regional courts, providing that the form of testing professional skills shall be determined by the commission.

22 October, 2020

The Commission commences the selection of judges for the Economic Court

On Thursday, October 22, the Commission for the Selection of Judicial Candidates for District (City) Courts and Regional Courts established by the Judicial Council has commenced its work. Senator of the Supreme Court Dzintra Balta has been elected the Chair of the Commission, and Ilze Freimane, Chair of the District Administrative Court, has been elected the Deputy Chair of the Commission. The Commission has agreed on the further agenda.

20 October, 2020

A selection commission of candidates for the position of judges is established

The Judicial Council established a selection commission of candidates for the position of judges of district (city) courts and regional courts, which shall have 9 members – three senators of the Supreme Court, three judges of regional courts and three judges of district (city) courts. The commission is established for a period of three years.

20 October, 2020

The number of judges of the Department of Administrative Cases of the Senate will be increased for a period of two years

In order to strengthen the capacity of the Department of Administrative Cases of the Senate and reduce the backlog of cases, the Judicial Council has decided to increase the number of senators in the Department by two judges for the period of two years, reducing the number of judges in the Regional Administrative Court accordingly.

14 October, 2020

Sanita Osipova will represent the Constitutional Court in the Judicial Council

On October 14, the judges of the Constitutional Court unanimously elected the current Deputy President of the Constitutional Court Sanita Osipova as the President of the Constitutional Court.