20 September, 2019
Chief Justice of the Supreme Court with guests: (from left) Damijan Florjančič, Marjeta Švab Širok, Ivars Bičkovičs and Vladimir Balažic
This week, the Supreme Court welcomed a delegation from the Supreme Court of Slovenia, headed by Damijan Florjančič, President of the Supreme Court of Slovenia. The guests came to Latvia to get acquainted with the experience of Latvian colleagues in ensuring the performance of the Supreme Court and to share their experience in this matter.
During the discussion in the Supreme Court, the colleagues of both courts exchanged information and views on the procedural regulation of cassation courts in both countries, on the organization of court work, current problems and their solutions. Throughout Europe, the challenge for courts is to reduce the time limits needed for the review of cases. In Slovenia, this issue was addressed by increasing the number of judges, followed by providing further training for judges and employees and by increasing the court’s performance efficiency. Latvian colleagues appreciated the cassation “filter” established in Slovenian procedural laws. While in Latvia the law stipulates in which cases cassation proceedings may be refused, the opposite principle applies in Slovenia – the law stipulates when cassation is to be admissible. As marked by the Slovenian colleagues, the cassation instance only accepts cases that involve crucial legal issues.
Futhermore, Slovenian judges were interested in the institutional links between the Supreme Court and the Council for the Judiciary in Latvia, the specialization of judges, the criminal investigation process, hearing of cases in extended compositions, and other issues.
The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Ivars Bičkovičs, judges and advisers from all departments, and representatives from the Division of Case-law and Research and the Administration participated in the discussion with Slovenian colleagues.
A delegation from the Supreme Court of Slovenia also visited the Constitutional Court, where they met with Deputy President of the Constitutional Court Sanita Osipova, Judge Aldis Laviņš and Advisor Kristaps Tamužs. The Slovenian delegation learned about the role of the Constitutional Court in strengthening the rule of law in Latvia, compared the competence of the constitutional courts of both countries and their dialogue with the supreme courts. Questions about filing applications to courts also raised interest.
Information prepared by
Rasma Zvejniece, the Head of the Division of Communication of the Supreme Court
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