On June 21, the Twinning Project “Strengthening the Capacity of the Supreme Court of Ukraine in the Field of Human Rights Protection at the National Level” was completed at the Supreme Court of Ukraine in Kiev, in which Jautrite Briede, Judge of the Supreme Court of Latvia, served as a long-term expert.

The project was implemented in accordance with the agreement signed between the European Union, the German Federal Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Latvia. Latvia provided 190 expert-days to improve competencies of judges and court employees. Thus, several judges and legal research counsels of the Supreme Court of Latvia travelled to Ukraine several times to work as experts in the framework of the project. Delegations of the Supreme Court of Ukraine also visited the Supreme Court of Latvia for exchange of experience.

The project provided support for ensuring the operation of the Supreme Court of Ukraine in accordance with European Union standards, competencies of judges and court employees, as well as publicly accessible information of the court were improved. As Stefan Schleuning, European Union Ambassador, pointed out, the project has become an important tool for the exchange of ideas and experience. Judicial reform in Ukraine is ongoing, and the task of Ukrainian judges is to put into practice expert recommendations on the use of procedural filters, of specialization of judges, of information technology for ensuring uniform case-law and on other issues.

"We have gained experience that will become our future work," said Valentina Danishevska, President of the Supreme Court of Ukraine, at the closing event of the project. She emphasized that the project started in 2017 in a difficult court situation with the creation of a new Supreme Court in Ukraine. "However, professional, well-coordinated cooperation and prioritization allowed us to overcome all difficulties and to achieve our goals, and we have become not only professional partners but also trusted friends," said the President of the Supreme Court of Ukraine.

Whereas Janis Bordans, Minister of Justice of the Republic of Latvia, confirmed that Latvia is ready to continue co-operation and support Ukraine's judicial reforms.

The project was funded by the European Union and was led by the German Foundation on International Legal Cooperation. The project partner from Latvia was the Ministry of Justice, supported by experts from the Supreme Court, the Latvian Judicial Training Centre and the Court Administration.

Jautrite Briede, Judge of the Supreme Court of Latvia, who worked in Ukraine throughout the project, will continue to work at the Department of Administrative Cases in September as she returns from her vacation.

 

Information prepared by

Rasma Zvejniece, the Head of the Division of Communication of the Supreme Court

E-mail: rasma.zvejniece@at.gov.lv, telephone: +371 67020396, +371 28652211