On April 22, the discussion hosted by the Embassy of the United States of America on the role of the judge in a democratic society was held at the Radisson Blu Latvija Hotel. Kiyo Matsumoto, a US federal judge from New York, took part in the discussions.

The first part of the discussion was moderated by Jānis Pleps, Legal Policy Adviser to the President of Latvia, encouraging the discussion of the independence of judges. Veronika Krūmiņa, Chair of the Department of Administrative Cases of the Supreme Court, took part in the discussion. The participants discussed the judicial independence from the judge's point of view, they spoke about the authority of the judge, the principle of separation of powers, and the role of precedents and case law.

The second part of the discussion was moderated by Ameet Kabrawala, Legal Adviser in the Department of Justice of the US Embassy, ​​who called for a discussion on how to ensure the efficiency of the court proceedings. Irīna Jansone, Acting Judge of the Supreme Court, took part in the discussion. The judges tackled practical issues in ensuring the efficiency of the court's work, including the presence of the participants in the proceedings (prosecutors, defence counsel, witnesses), and preparations for the court hearing.

The third part of the discussion was moderated by advocate Lauris Liepa, who called for a discussion on the transparency of the judiciary, public education and relations with the media.

Following the discussions, Kiyo Matsumoto and Ameet Kabrawala visited the Supreme Court and its museum.

 

Information prepared by Baiba Kataja, the Press Secretary of the Supreme Court
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