Jautrite Briede, the senator of the Department of Administrative Cases of the Supreme Court, has returned from the exchange program of the Judges Training Center in Austria, and suggests that the Supreme Court also organizes a conference on observance of human rights in the courts of Latvia, similar to the one she attended in Austria.

In the conference organized by the President of the Supreme Court of Austria, professors of the University, a judge from the European Court of Human Rights, representatives of all branches of courts, attorneys, prosecutors and representatives from media took part. There was a special discussion on conflict of protection of honour and dignity and freedom of expression. In Austria, more attention is paid to the protection of honour and dignity, however, there are several cases on violation of freedom of expression lost in the European Court of Human Rights. In the second part of the conference discussions continued in workshops.

Within the scope of the exchange program, European judges and lecturers learn about the judges training system and methods in other states to bring the best experience to their own countries. Within this program, J. Briede attended a judges training seminar and training of the so-called law trainee who are prospective judges, prosecutors and notaries. To become a judge in Austria, lawyers after graduation from the University have to attend 12 months training at the same time having practice in courts.

The program offered by the Austrian Supreme Court gave a possibility to be present in court proceedings in civil and criminal cases. Administrative cases are usually reviewed in written proceedings, open sessions are only about 5 – 6 times a year. It was interesting for J. Briede as the senator of the Department of Administrative Cases to meet a judge from the Administrative Court and learn about peculiarities of proceedings in administrative cases in Austria.

The senator gained new information not only as a lecturer of the Judges training Center and extended her knowledge on the Austrian court system, but obtained additional information on several issues of human rights and administrative law, as well, for example, independent establishments.

The organizer and financial supporter of the exchange programs of Judges Training Centers is the European Commission in cooperation with the national judges training institutions, in the concrete case, Austrian Supreme Court to which the Ministry of Justice of Austria has delegated the training function.





Information prepared by Division of Communications of the Supreme Court
Author: Rasma Zvejniece, Manager of the Division of Communications of the Supreme Court
E-mail: rasma.zvejniece@at.gov.lv, telephone: 7020396, 28652211