On September 21, 11 judges and prosecutors from France, Germany, Romania, Slovenia, Spain and Greece visited the Supreme Court. Such an exchange visit was organized by The European Judicial Training Network.

At the Supreme Court, the guests met with Anita Zikmane, Head of the Division of Case-law and Research, who introduced them to the organization of work in the Supreme Court, the functions of the Senate, time limits of court proceedings, and the availability of rulings.

The guests were interested in the application of case law of the European Court of Human Rights and the Court of Justice of the European Union, the place of Senate rulings in the system of sources of law, as well as the requirements for a candidate to senator’s office and the approval procedure.

In the course of the day, guests also visited the Supreme Court Museum and looked at the premises of the Palace of Justice.

The exchange programme for new judges and prosecutors in Latvia takes place from September 21 to October 1. This week, the guests visit the Latvian Judicial Training Centre, Riga Regional Court, the Supreme Court, the Court Administration, the Constitutional Court, Zemgale District Court and Zemgale Regional Court. Visits, discussions and meetings will be organized by the prosecutor's office next week.

The European Judicial Training Network organizes such exchange visits with the aim of promoting mutual understanding of the operation of foreign judicial systems.


Information prepared by Baiba Kataja, the Press Secretary of the Supreme Court
Tel.: +371 67020396; e-mail: baiba.kataja@at.gov.lv