On Monday, September 17, judges and employees of China’s Suzhou Court visited the Supreme Court of Latvia. Visitors met with Anita Zikmane, the Head of the Division of Case-law and Research.

Anita Zikmane gave the guests an overview of the structure of the Latvian judicial system, explaining the functions of the judicial institutions. The structure and functions of the Supreme Court were discussed in more detail. Representatives of the delegation expressed particular interest in career issues of judges, qualifications, selection and evaluation of judges. The delegation was interested in the issue of the distribution of cases, considering that the speed of adjudication of cases varies by judge. Similarities and differences of judicial systems in both countries were discussed in brief. Anita Zikmane also presented the work of the Division of Case-law and Research and its role in the formation of a uniform case-law.

The delegation visited the historical premises of the Palace of Justice – the museum and the historic courtroom of the Senate, gaining an insight into the history of the judicial system and expressing great admiration for the way in which the Supreme Court of Latvia has preserved the historical heritage of the judiciary and set up such a thorough museum.

Delegation is staying in Riga from 17 to 19 September. Guests will also visit the Latvian Judicial Training Centre, Riga Regional Court and the Saeima.

 

 

Information prepared by Iveta Jaudzema, International Cooperation Specialist of the Supreme Court
E-mail: iveta.jaudzema@at.gov.lv; telephone: +371 67020396