Rapid changes in the economic and political life of the country, change of attitude towards property, processes of denationalization and privatization, differentiation of the society and problems related to crime, reform of the courts and law, and other processes made the Supreme Court develop and demanded professional development from the judges.
The latest stage of development is connected with the changes in the life of the country after joining the European Union. We must learn the European base of standards, court practice of the Court of European Community and the European Court of Human Rights, and introduce standards corresponding to the level of the European courts. Principles of human rights and administrative procedure are actually starting to function.
Cooperation of the Supreme Court with courts of other countries and international institutions has developed.
The Supreme Court of Latvia is a participant in the Network of the Supreme Judicial Courts of the European Union which was founded in 2004. Since 2004, the Supreme Court of Latvia is also a member of the Association of the State Councils and Supreme Administrative Courts of the member states of the European Union.
The Supreme Court maintains contacts with the Court of the European Community and the European Court of Human Rights and their judges, pay visits to learn experience, and the representatives from Latvia in these courts – Egils Levits, Ineta Ziemele, Ingrīda Labucka – regularly meet with the judges of the Supreme Court and share their experience. The Senator Jautrīte Briede has participated in the work of the European Court of Human Rights as ad hoc judge.
Several significant international conferences have been organized: in 2005 – Jubilee Conference “Supreme Court in action: retrospection and European experience for future”, in 2006, in cooperation with the Council of Advocates of the American Courts – “Judges and advocates in the interaction of professions: common and distinctive in the Latvian and American judiciary”, in 2007 in cooperation with the US Embassy in Latvia and the Ministry of Justice – “Reform of judiciary, ethics and transparency”.