On April 23, when participating in an international conference organized by the European Criminal Bar Association (ECBA) and the Latvian Council of Sworn Advocates, the Chief Justice Aigars Strupišs highlighted the shared issues of the Supreme Court and the Bar in ensuring the smooth running of court proceedings and the role of advocates in this process.

The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court informed about the statistics of examining criminal cases in the Supreme Court, outlined the role of the defence counsel in the preparation and submission of complaints to the court of cassation. Aigars Strupišs noted the role of an advocate as a defence counsel as an important aspect in ensuring efficient and smooth course of criminal proceedings. The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court provided insight into research conducted by the Judicial Council and the Supreme Court to find out the causes of protracted court proceedings. The findings of the research outlined the factors influencing the completion of the criminal proceedings within a reasonable timeframe, namely, the completion of the criminal proceedings within a reasonable timeframe is related to the scope of a case, legal complexity, the number of procedural actions, and essentially – the attitude of the persons involved (including that of defence counsels) towards the performance of duties.

The conference agenda included three panel discussions, covering issues related to the work of the European Public Prosecutor's Office, confiscation of assets, arrest in criminal proceedings, and the relationship between a defence counsel and a client. In addition, group work was also organized.

Along with Aigars Strupišs, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, the keynote speeches were also delivered by Aldis Laviņš, President of the Constitutional Court, Juris Jansons, Ombudsman, and Jānis Rozenbergs, President of the Latvian Council of Sworn Advocates.

 

Information prepared by Baiba Kataja, the Press Secretary of the Supreme Court
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