On Thursday, May 26, legal research counsels of the Supreme Court gathered to exchange experiences and ideas. The aim of the conversation was to streamline the role of counsels in achieving the strategic goal of the Senate – strengthening the cassation instance.

Since 2015, when the first three legal research counsels started working in the Senate’s departments, the number of counsels has tripled, and their role and support provided in the work of the Senate has been highly appreciated. The development of the concept of counsels has paid off as indicated by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Aigars Strupišs.

Further consideration has to be given to how to make more efficient use of this highly qualified legal resource for carrying out strategic and complex tasks, without duplicating the role of judge assistants and without wasting time by participating in minor working groups. It is also important to harmonize the functions performed by counsels, as these functions currently differ by Senate’s departments and in the Division of Case Law and Research. The counsels themselves recognized such joint exchanges of experience and ideas as a valuable form of cooperation, as they could share experiences on both job responsibilities and work organization, as well as on how to deal with legal and procedural issues.

During the first meeting, Jānis Geks, Counsel to the Department of Administrative Cases, spoke about the diversity of the counsels of the Department, Aleksandra Azeva, Counsel to the Department of Criminal Cases, elaborated on streamlining counsel's functions, Reinis Markvarts, Counsel in the Division of Case Law and Research, spoke about the tasks shared by the legal research counsels in the Division and in departments.

The legal research counsels agreed on further regular joint discussions to improve Senate’s work.

 

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 286522