On January 24, within framework of development of positive cooperation with media, the Supreme Court organised informative educational Media Day, to which journalists from national and regional newspapers, television and web sites, who write and create broadcasts about justice, were invited.

“Society receives information about work of courts through journalists’ work, that is why it is in court’s interest to help journalists in their work. Media Day, which is offered by us, has the same goal – not only to inform about topical issues regarding work of the Supreme Court, but also to help journalists to understand opportunities, where and how to receive information about work of the court and how to use that in daily work in more varied way, better”, Ivars Bickovics, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, said. He provided information and his vision on reform of Latvian court system and reorganisation of the Supreme Court, which has already been commenced in accordance with the law “On Judicial Power”. Regional journalists were particularly interested in changes that reform of court system will bring to district courts and in assessment, if district courts and regional courts will be able to perform functions assigned to those qualitatively.  

The second part of the Media Day was dedicated to practical information – Rasma Zvejniece, the Head of the Division of Communication and Baiba Kataja, the Press secretary of the Supreme Court, shared experience on how journalists may receive information on court cases in the Supreme Court, work of the Supreme Court and the Board of Justice, as well as on useful Gnostic information, which may be sought by journalists on the web site of the Supreme Court. For example, section Judicature, containing classifiers of rulings, which might be expedient in development of educational materials for readers and listeners, may be useful not only in lawyers’ work, but also in that of journalists.  Division of Communication invited journalists to participate in court hearings more actively and to use court judgements and decisions not only informative, but also as educational materials.

In her turn, Veronika Krumina, the Head of the Department of Administrative Cases of the Supreme Court discussed with journalists issues related to accessibility of information, providing insight into cases reviewed by the Department of Administrative Cases related to accessibility of information – on right of society to information, on difference between information given by institution and opinion of an official, on right to receive classified information, on communication of deputies with constituency, exactness of provision of which has not been verified by the court, on obligation to use right to receive information in good faith, and on other issues, which are topical in journalists’ work.  

The Supreme Court organised Media Day for journalists, who write and create broadcasts about justice, for the first time. Taking into account interest expressed by media about such manner of cooperation, it might become a tradition.

 

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