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Latvian Supreme Court chairman blamed for misleading PM over new court

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Chairman of the Latvian Supreme Court Ivars Bičkovičs

Latvian Supreme Court chairman Ivars Bičkovičs has misrepresented to the Prime Minister the opinion of the Justice Council on the plan of a new economic cases’ court, says Latvian Justice Minister Jānis Bordāns.

The Latvian Justice Council, which is headed by Supreme Court chairman Ivars Bičkovičs, decided in its meeting of June 3 not to support the proposal of Justice Minister Bordāns to introduce a new court specialised in commercial disputes and financial and economic crime cases. Two members of the council voted in favour of the establishment of the new court, while nine members were against it.

The Justice Council then sent a letter to Latvian Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš (New Unity) and the Saeima, expressing a critical view of the plan, reasoning that the vision of the economic cases’ court lacks adequate analysis of causes of problems and their consequences.

Only one opinion represented, says Justice Minister

Reacting to this letter, Bordāns, who advocates for the new court, has informed Bičkovičs and PM Kariņš that in the letter sent on behalf of the Justice Council, there have not been reflected opinions and arguments of all members of the council, said the Justice Minister’s press secretary, Andris Vitenbergs.

In fact, the letter by the Chairman of the Justice Council only contains the opinion of judges and the Prosecutor General Ēriks Kalnmeiers, stated Bordāns.


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