Posts tagged as judges

Russia brings charges against Lithuanian judges in absentia

Monday, December 14, 2020

On Monday, Russia‘s Investigative Committee brought charges against Lithuanian judges who sentenced more than 50 Russians in connection with the Soviet crackdown in Vilnius on January 13, 1991 that left 14 people dead. According to Deutsche Welle, the committe said the verdict was unjust and the Lithuanian judges “were reliably aware that the events in Vilnius […] took place during the period when the Lithuanian SSR was not an independent state…

MEPs call on Russia to stop illegitimate prosecution of Lithuanian judges

Friday, November 29, 2019

The European Parliament has passed a resolution, where it calls on Russia to stop illegitimately prosecuting Lithuanian judges and EU countries should refuse any legal assistance. In the text adopted by 493 votes in favour, 43 against and 86 abstentions on Thursday, November 28, MEPs call on Russia to end the politically motivated prosecution of Lithuanian judges and prosecutors who found 67 Russian, Belarussian and Ukrainian citizens guilty of war…

MEPs to call on Russia to stop prosecution of Lithuanian judges in 1991 crackdown case

Thursday, November 28, 2019

The European Parliament is expected to pass on Thursday a resolution calling on Russia to drop its criminal case against Lithuanian prosecutors and judges involved in the January 1991 crackdown case. The resolution was sought by Lithuanian politicians. The draft document “calls on the public authorities of the Russian Federation to terminate the criminal proceedings initiated against the Lithuanian prosecutors, investigators and judges in the 13 January case”. It calls…

Russia’s persecution of Lithuanian judges ‘attack on EU’ – Justice Minister Jankevičius

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Russia’s ongoing persecution of the judges and prosecutors is an unprecedented attach on the whole of the European Union, Lithuanian Justice Minister Elvinas Jankevičius says. Russia said in July 2018 it had opened a criminal case against Lithuanian judges and prosecutors involved in the so-called January 13 case, in which the former Soviet Defence Minister Dmitry Yazov and more than 60 other former Soviet officials and military officers were convicted…

Estonian Judges protest justice ministry court information inspection

Friday, October 25, 2019

Judges in Estonia have complained about interference from the Ministry of Justice in relation to checks conducted on the court’s information system by the ministry earlier this year. The ministry conducted the investigation over summer, into whether, and to what extent, judges had access documents in the court information system regarding cases which they themselves are not presiding over. However, judges consider this a violation of judicial independence, according to…

Lithuanian MPs collecting signatures for impeachment of four judges

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Lithuanian lawmakers said on Wednesday they are about to finish collecting signatures in favor of launching impeachment proceedings against several corruption-suspected judges. Lawmakers are proposing launching impeachment proceedings against Egidijus Lauzikas, a Supreme Court judge, and the Court of Appeal’s judges Valdimaras Bavejanas, Viktoras Kazys and Konstantin Gurin. “Today we have drafted the proposal and are initiating the process of constitutional liability,” MP Vytautas Bakas told journalists at the parliament…

Lithuania PM Says to Run for Presidency in May

Friday, January 18, 2019

Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis said on Thursday he would run for the country’s presidency in an election due in May, but would not resign from his current post unless he is successful. Lithuania’s president has a semi-executive role with a say in the appointment of key officials such as judges, the chief prosecutor and head of central bank. The president can veto laws and, in tandem with the government,…

Latvian Saeima supports increasing wages for judges and prosecutors

Saturday, December 8, 2018

On Thursday, 6 December, the Saeima supported in the final reading amendments to the Law on Remuneration of Officials and Employees of State and Self-government Authorities, which provide for increasing wages for judges and prosecutors. Changes to the law are needed in relation to the 26 October ruling of the Constitutional Court, in which regulations regarding methods for calculation of wages for judges were found non-compliant with the law. Currently…