The Supreme Court is not only the court instance, basic function of which is to administer justice and develop case-law, but it is also the institution, which is open for legal education of society – students, pupils and teachers.

Traditionally, first-year students of legal programmes of higher educational institutions have been invited to Days of first-year students in the Supreme Court in autumn, but groups of pupils come to lessons of law and guided tours to the Supreme Court all year long.  

This week two groups of pupils – from Riga Secondary School No 6 and Riga Secondary School No 53 and teachers of history and social sciences from Kekava region visited the Supreme Court.  

Pupils of the 11th grade of Riga Secondary School No 6 visited the Supreme Court within Career Days and got acquainted with professions of court employees. Fundamental office in the court definitely is a judge, and Gunars Aigars, one of the most experienced judges of the Supreme Court, the Chair of Civil Cases told pupils about it. Inga Bertaite, the assistant to the Chair of the Department of Administrative Cases of the Senate, acquainted pupils with profession of the assistant to a judge, and Elina Majore, the Head of the Chancery of the Senate – with work of court clerks.    In her turn, Sandra Lapina, the Head of the Administration, declared that there is work in court not for lawyers only – professionals in field of finances, personnel, communication and information technologies work in the Administration.

Pupils from Riga Secondary School No 53 visit the Supreme Court regularly, and this year pupils of 9th and 12th grades came to lesson of law conducted by Veronika Krumina, the senator of the Department of Administrative Cases of the Senate.  

However, on Friday, September 11, Veronika Krumina conducted seminar on principles of law for teachers. Anita Tenisa, teacher of Kekava Secondary School, participated in the first seminar for teachers of social sciences, which was organised in the Supreme Court by the Ministry of Education and, having considered it to be useful for future work, she now organised seminar for her colleagues – teachers of history and social sciences from Kekava region.  

During the visit to the court both pupils and teachers have been provided an opportunity to get acquainted with the museum of the Supreme Court, to walk over the Palace of Justice and its rooms and, if court sessions take place – it is possible also to see proceedings. 

Guided tours, lessons conducted by senators and other programmes shall be applied for and coordinated in the Division of Communication, telephone 67020396, 28652211.

 

Information prepared by

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

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