RIGA - The procedure for selecting the new prosecutor general has ensured an open and transparent process in which it was possible to nominate one of the best candidates for this position, such opinion was expressed to LETA by Juris Jurass, Chairman of the Saeima Legal Affairs Committee and the head of the Saeima faction of the New Conservative Party.
The Judicial Council has decided to nominate Juris Stukans, a judge at Riga Regional Court and chairman of the court's judicial panel for criminal cases, for Latvia's next prosecutor general. The new selection procedure stipulates that the candidate for the prosecutor general is nominated not by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court alone, but by the Judicial Council, which currently has two representatives from the New Conservative Party on it.
Asked how the New Conservative Party would vote on Stukan's candidacy, Jurass explained that it would be up to the faction to decide. In case of approval in the Saeima, Stukans will be able to look at what is happening in the Prosecutor's Office from the outside and implement the necessary changes in order to improve the work of the Prosecutor's Office, the politician believes.
As reported, the Judicial Council on Monday decided to nominate Juris Stukans, a judge at Riga Regional Court and chairman of the court's judicial panel for criminal cases, for Latvia's next prosecutor general.
It is now for the parliament to vote on Stukans' nomination.
Stukans, 48, is himself a member of the Judicial Council, but as the council met today to select the best candidate for prosecutor general, Stukans said he would not participate in hearing and voting on the candidates.
Previously, Stukans has worked at the Interior Ministry's information center and the criminal and procedural law section of the Justice Ministry's Public Law Department.
He has also worked as a judge and deputy chief judge at the Riga City Zemgale District Court, as well as acting chief judge of Riga Regional Court.
The candidates running for the post of prosecutor general are chief prosecutor Armins Meisters, prosecutor Juris Juriss, prosecutor Janis Ilsters, chief prosecutor Alens Mickevics, prosecutor Uvis Kozlovskis, judge Juris Stukans, Saeima member and former Constitutional Court chairman Gunars Kutris and lawyer Aldis Punduris.