On July 1, the dialogue of judges and political scientists organized by the Supreme Court "Who needs the independence of the judiciary?" opens the two-day programme of the Themis Tent at the LAMPA Conversation Festival in Cēsis.

The main topic of discussion of the Supreme Court is a well-known axiom that a democratic, legal and secure state is based on the balance of three branches of state power – the legislature, the executive and the judiciary. However, the Russian war in Ukraine has forced to look at this truth in a different way – as a lesson of where the country finds itself without such a balance – it is becoming an aggressor destroying the world. Is this power balanced in Latvia? Why does this balance require the independence of the judiciary and what does this independence mean? Such a discussion, even a duel, will take place among judges and political scientists.

The participants of the discussion shall be Aigars Strupišs, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and the Chair of the Judicial Council, Ineta Ziemele, the Judge of the Court of Justice of the European Union, Filips Rajevskis, the Political scientist, and Žaneta Ozoliņa, the Professor of the Department of Political Science of the University of Latvia.

This year, on July 1 and 2, at the LAMPA Conversation Festival, the judiciary welcomes everyone to a joint Themis Tent, which will have a particularly diverse programme not only in terms of topics covered, but also in terms of event formats – duel, discussions, book presentation, children improvisation theatre, quiz and watching movies together. 

All judicial authorities are involved in the eight events, but the Supreme Court, the Prosecutor's Office, the Council of Sworn Advocates, the Council of Sworn Bailiffs, the Riga Regional Court, the Latvian Association of Administrative Judges, the Latvian Association of Judges, the Council of Sworn Notaries and publishers of Jurista Vārds have taken on the responsibilities of organizers.