18 December, 2010
Days of first-year students of this year have ended on the 15th of December, with visit of first-year students of College of Law in the Supreme Court. During these days, 13 groups of students, in total approximately 350 students from the University of Latvia, Riga University named by P.Stradins, Business high school Turiba, Rezekne High school, Riga Graduate School of Law, College of Law and Ogre professional technical school visited the Supreme Court.
Students met Ivars Bickovics, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. His narration about Latvian court system, topical issues of court work and personal experience in judicial career was very useful for students to listen to. The Chief Justice also answered to varied questions of students.
In the second part of the event, students visited the museum of the Supreme Court and listened to narration about history of Latvian Senate, Latvian court system in occupation period and restoration of the Supreme Court of independent Republic of Latvia. During the guided tour in the Palace of Justice, students looked into court rooms, also in historical room of the Senate and made photos beside symbol of Latvian judiciary – the sculpture “Justice” made by K.Zemdega.
For single groups of students and pupils programme of visiting the Supreme Court was created a bit different, according to their interests.
For example, senators Jautrite Briede and Aldis Lavins met MA students from Riga Graduate School of Law, and their conversation, which was performed in English language, also included narration on administrative law and comparison of legal systems of Latvia and other countries.
In its turn, for students of Ogre professional technical school, who acquire profession of secretaries, introductory lecture on fundamentals of law read by the senator Veronika Krumina and narration of Arlita Zarina, the assistant to the senator, about work of the assistant to the judge and her personal work experience were useful.
Days of first-year students have been organised in the Supreme Court for the second year. The goal of the Days of first-year students is to extend understanding and interest of lawyers to-be in the Latvian court system and allow them to have a look into one of the most interesting, and at the same time one of the most difficult legal professions – post of the judge. Groups of first-year students of Faculties of Law and jurisprudence programmes are invited by the Supreme Court to Days of first-year students.
Information prepared by
Rasma Zvejniece, the Head of the Division of Communication of the Supreme Court
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