On October 25, the Supreme Court was visited by representatives of the Kazakhstan Court Administration, who arrived to Latvia to learn about the experience of Latvian courts in the implementation of information technologies.

The Kazakhstan delegation had already obtained general information about the IT systems of Latvian courts, the implementation of the electronic case management system and the case weighting pilot project at the Court Administration. At the Supreme Court, guests were interested in the work experience of the Supreme Court Administration, being autonomous from the Court Administration. The guests also heard about the experience of the Supreme Court in organizing remote court hearings, as well as about the opportunities for judges to work remotely.

Whereas, the representatives of the Latvian Supreme Court Administration listened with interest to the experience of Nayl Akhmetzakirov, the Head of the Kazakhstan Court Administration, regarding the high level operation of information technologies at courts, digital and artificial intelligence solutions in Kazakhstan. Applications to courts are submitted mostly only electronically. All participants, except for judges, mostly participate remotely in court hearings. Biometric data is widely used for the verification of person’s identity. About 20% of civil cases are prepared by artificial intelligence. Next year, it is planned to introduce a publicly accessible virtual court, where everyone, by entering the information about their issue, will receive potential scenarios of legal proceedings and will be able to decide whether to go to court. Moreover, judges already use a virtual advisor, which when case data is entered selects the relevant court case law and regulations and offers scenarios of basic actions.

The Kazakhstan Court Administration administers all 350 courts with approximately 2,660 judges. The Court Administration is neither under the authority of the Ministry of Justice nor the Supreme Court, it is an independent central state institution. Its budget is made of a fixed percentage of the state budget, and it has the right to deal with it completely independently.

The delegation of Kazakhstan met with the Head of Administration Sandra Lapiņa, the Head of the Information Technology Divison Pāvels Veļeckis and the Head of the Communication Division Rasma Zvejniece.

 

Information prepared by

Rasma Zvejniece, the Head of the Division of Communication of the Supreme Court

E-mail: rasma.zvejniece@at.gov.lv, telephone: +371 67020396, +371 28652211