23 September, 2022
On September 18-20, Maksims Miņejevs, the legal research counsel of the Department of Civil Cases, Liene Āķe and Zane Skrastiņa, judge assistants of the Department of Civil Cases, Monta Krone and Laura Vigupe, judge assistants of the Department of Administrative Cases, went on a study visit to Copenhagen to participate in experience exchange meetings In the Danish Supreme Court and the Danish Court Administration.
The representatives of the Supreme Court had the opportunity to learn about the Danish judicial system, gaining an insight into the structure and work organization of the Danish Supreme Court and paying special attention to the duties of the support staff. The Supreme Court of Denmark has two chambers, and the composition of judges in each of the chambers is changed every 3 months, so all judges, as well as judge assistants (deputy judges), work with all categories of cases, namely civil cases, criminal cases, and administrative cases. The functions of deputy judges of the Danish Supreme Court are alike those of the Latvian Supreme Court judge assistants. Moreover, the head of the Danish Supreme Court Chancellery, information technology specialist, librarian and court administrator introduced the delegation with their work. Guests also went on a guided tour in the Court building.
Whereas, during the visit to the Danish Court Administration, the representatives of the Supreme Court were introduced to the compulsory training program for deputy judges, which lasts for three years. The training includes various theoretical training courses on court work, as well as special training in various fields of law.
During the visit, it was clarified that, as in Latvia, the current challenge of the Danish judicial system is the digitalization of legal proceedings.
The visit was co-financed by the Office of the Nordic Council of Ministers in Estonia.
The visit is part of the project ‘Exchange of knowledge, experience and best practices between Latvian and Nordic Supreme Court staff on effective work organisation’, based on the agreement concluded between the Supreme Court and the Office of the Nordic Council of Ministers in Estonia on participation in the Nordic-Baltic Mobility Programme ‘Public administration’.
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