His spokesman Andris Vitenburgs told LETA that after inspecting the premises, Bordāns had concluded that an appropriate working environment had been created for ELT to start working – premises and technical equipment.
The Minister has pointed out that an important stage is currently taking place in the process of preparation for the commencement of the activities of the specialized court – by August 28, applicants are applying for the positions of judges. Bordāns calls on any qualified lawyer whose professional interest is related to commercial or criminal law in matters such as corrupt crimes, anti-money laundering, to consider joining the Latvian family of judges and to become one of the judges who will have the opportunity to form courts. practice and judicial authority.
The new court will have jurisdiction over specific commercial disputes and criminal cases concerning particularly serious and serious crimes that cause significant damage to the business environment and economic development. At the same time, the determination of specialization in a particular field of law or legal issues within the court will be in the hands of the judges themselves. Usually, the determination of specialization takes place taking into account the judge’s previous experience in a certain field of law and interest in specific legal issues, Bordāns emphasized.
It is planned that the selection tests will take place from the end of September 2020 to the end of November 2020. All candidates who have successfully passed the selection tests will be included in the list of candidates for the position of judge. The position of judge will be offered to the candidates with the highest number of points obtained in the selection tests. The inclusion of other candidates on the list entitles them to apply for the post of judge for the next three years without having to pass a re-selection test.
It is especially emphasized that preparatory courses will be available within the selection process, which will help applicants to prepare for the professional examinations of the selection competition. Much work has also been done to develop a training program for young judges specifically tailored to the specific competencies of the ELT. The program is based on the participation of experienced legal experts, based on previous experience in judicial training and the practice of the European Judicial Training Network (EJTN), and also includes a series of skills development seminars for the successful performance of the judicial profession. We have also thought about the possibility of gaining an international perspective and the opportunity to actively participate in international dialogue by participating in experience exchange programs and international seminars, such as courses organized at the Academy of European Law (ERA), informs the Minister of Justice.
The specialized court will be located in Riga, and its territory will cover the entire territory of Latvia. In order to ensure an efficient and expeditious court process, the court will be equipped with adequate logistical support, including the installation of three stationary and one portable videoconferencing equipment.
At the same time, the Ministry of Justice pointed out that by optimizing the available resources, the specialized court is established within the existing budget and without increasing the number of judges. The competition announcement is available in the official publication “Latvijas Vēstnesis”. Application deadline is August 28, 2020.
It has already been reported that the Saeima supported the establishment of the ELT in the final reading on June 17.
It is envisaged that the judges of the ELT and this court will be fully covered by the statutory legal framework of the district (city) court and judge, including rights, obligations and guarantees. The same mechanisms for supervising the work and actions of a judge as in other courts will also work.
It is planned that without changing the total number of judges of district (city) courts and regional courts, ten judge positions will be allocated for the commencement of the ELT. The court is expected to start operating in 2021.