On August 28, Reinis Odins, legal research counsel to the Department of Civil Cases, met with young lawyers from Germany who are currently undergoing traineeship at the Braunschweig Higher Regional Court and are visiting Latvia for the exchange of experience.

During the meeting, Reinis Odins told the guests about the structure of the Latvian judicial system, providing more detailed information on the Supreme Court, its activities, departmental and administrative work. He also introduced guests with the Court Information System and addressed other thematic issues.

Foreign colleagues showed strong interest in the Latvian judicial system. Reinis Odins was asked various questions with the aim of researching and comparing the experience of Latvia and Germany. The guests wished to know in more detail how the lawyer's qualification is obtained, what is the career path in Latvia, what education, knowledge, and experience are needed to become a judge in each court instance. They were also interested in issues such as whether cases at the Supreme Court are adjudicated under appellate procedure as well, and whether there exists judge-made law in Latvia, and other relevant matters.

At the conclusion of the visit, the guests visited the Supreme Court Museum, learning about the history and development of the courts, as well as stepped into the historic courtroom of the Senate and saw the sculpture “Justice”.

During the last week of August, German colleagues visit the Constitutional Court, the Saeima (Parliament), the Museum of the Occupation, and other institutions, thus gaining a comprehensive understanding of Latvia's present and past.

 

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