01.04.2020 The right to legal aid is considered to be a fundamental human right. In order to determine whether and how these rights are being implemented in Latvia at the moment, you are invited to participate in the survey. It will only take 5 minutes to complete the survey, but its results will serve as the basis for conducting an in-depth study and for further policy-making in the area of legal aid, to which you can contribute by expressing your opinion.
The Ministry of Justice informs about the registration of marriages in civil registry offices and churches31.03.2020 The Ministry of Justice notes that on the basis of Cabinet Order No. 138 adopted on 29 March 2020, “Amendments to Cabinet Order No. 103 adopted on 12 March 2020, “Regarding the Declaration of the Emergency Situation””, any private events, including wedding ceremonies, which involve several people gathering together, are prohibited, however, the registration of a civil status (marriage) at a civil registry office or church, in the presence of only those persons who wish to conclude a marriage, and two adult witnesses, is not currently prohibited and may take place.
31.03.2020 Considering the declaration of the current emergency situation, as a precautionary measure aimed at reducing the risk of the spread of Covid-19, the authorities are called on to provide services remotely wherever possible, excluding the possibility of face-to-face contact as much as possible. In the light of this, the courts are invited to draw up and serve enforcement orders electronically, if requested by a participant in the case.
Bordāns: lack of competition may cause the public to doubt the selection of the most suitable candidate for the post of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, and makes it necessary to consider the need to change the selection procedure30.03.2020 On Monday, 30 March, Minister of Justice, Jānis Bordāns, attended a meeting of the Judicial Council, where the only candidate for the post of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court was interviewed.
The explanation of the Minister of Justice with regard to the restrictions imposed in relation to churches30.03.2020 On Monday, 30 March, amendments to the Cabinet Order No. 103 adopted on 12 March 2020 “Regarding Declaration of the Emergency Situation” came into force, which reinforce the previously imposed restrictions by also prohibiting any private event, except for funerals held outdoors, provided that a two-metre distance between persons is maintained and other epidemiological safety measures are complied with.
J.Bordāns: Religious organizations perform a very responsible public function during the time of crisis29.03.2020 On Sunday, 29 March, the Cabinet of Ministers ruled that the Minister for Justice will be granted additional powers in order to ensure the necessary action in the implementation of the restriction included in the Cabinet Order, which applies to religious organisations.
Bordāns: The process of selecting candidates for the top two positions in the judicial hierarchy has begun27.03.2020 On Monday, 30 March, the Minister of Justice, Jānis Bordāns, will take part in the meeting of the Judicial Council during which the issues of the selection of candidates for the position of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and the Prosecutor General will be discussed.
24.03.2020 In the emergency situation, the municipal civil registration offices provide the registration of births and deaths in person, however, it is advisable to book your visit by telephone or email.