10 December, 2014
On 10 December, last this-year groups of students and pupils from the University College of Economics and Culture, Riga Secondary School of Nordic countries and Agenskalna State Secondary School visited the Supreme Court, getting acquainted with work of the court system and the Supreme Court. 14 groups of students, in total 502 students and pupils from the University of Latvia, Riga University named by Stradins, Daugavpils University, Business High School “Turiba”, Rezekne High School, University College of Economics and Culture, Law College, Albert’s College, Riga Secondary School of Nordic countries, Agenskalna State Secondary School and Ogre State Secondary School visited the Supreme Court during Days of First-Year Students.
Guided tours were organised to students and pupils according to their wishes – as lessons of law or as a conversation on topical issues of work of courts. Students from the University of Latvia, Riga University named by Stradins, Daugavpils University, Rezekne High School and Business High School “Turiba” met Ivars Bickovics, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. To hear his narration on Latvian court system, topical issues of work of courts and personal work experience was useful to students. The Chief Justice also answered to various students’ questions.
Students and pupils from the University College of Economics and Culture, Law College, Riga Secondary School of Nordic countries, Agenskalna State Secondary School and Ogre State Secondary School heard to lessons of law conducted by Veronika Krumina, the Chair of the Department of Administrative Cases of the Supreme Court, learning about the court system in general and about administrative law and work of the Supreme Court. Students had previously sent questions they were interested in to a judge, and responses to them were given in narration. Students asked questions actively during the meeting as well.
In the second part of the event students visited the museum of the Supreme Court and heard narration about history of the Senate of Latvia, Latvian court system in occupation period and restoration of the Supreme Court of the independent Republic of Latvia. During guided tour over the Palace of Justice students looked into court rooms, also in the historical room of the Senate, and took photos beside symbol of Latvian justice – sculpture “Justice” by K.Zemdega.
The Supreme Court organises Days of First-Year Students for the sixth year. The goal of these days is to extend understanding and interest of prospective lawyers about Latvian court system and to allow getting insight into one of the most interesting and at the same time – the hardest legal profession, namely, the work of a judge.
Information prepared by Baiba Kataja, the Press secretary of the Supreme Court
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