On June 7, judges and prosecutors from nine European Union (EU) countries (Austria, Italy, Portugal, Poland, Romania, Spain, Germany, France and Slovakia) visited the Supreme Court for the exchange of experience.

Such visits are provided by the Latvian Judicial Training Centre with the support of the European Union within the framework of the European Judicial Training Network Short-Term Exchange Program. Within the project, experience exchange visits to public administration and law enforcement institutions and courts are organized. The aim is to promote the mutual recognition of legal practices in order to create a common European legal space.

Within the framework of this program, a visit was also organized to the Supreme Court of the Republic of Latvia. The guests met with Rihards Gulbis, Legal Research Counsel to the Department of Civil Cases, Ieva Viskere, Senator of the Department of Administrative Cases, and Nora Magone, Legal Research Counsel to the Department of Criminal Cases. International colleagues were introduced to the structure and work of the Supreme Court, its departments and divisions, the performance results of the Court, the workload of judges, as well as the importance of the Court Information System and the Supreme Court case-law database. There was an exchange of experience and views on issues such as the implementation of the e-Case project, access to national legal databases, procedure of distribution of cases, cooperation between the Supreme Court and lower courts. As all departments were represented at the meeting, the information provided was rather comprehensive, which was considered by the colleagues to be a particularly valuable experience.

Guests also had an insight into the history of the development of judiciary and the Supreme Court by visiting its museum, the Great Courtroom, the historical Hall of the Senate, and the sculpture "Justice."


Information prepared by
Iveta Jaudzema, International Cooperation Specialist of the Supreme Court
Telephone: +371 67020396; e-mail: iveta.jaudzema@at.gov.lv