Lecturers of the Faculty of Law are encouraged to use the case law of the Senate in the study process
22 April, 2021
When meeting with lecturers of the Faculty of Law of the University of Latvia, Anita Zikmane, Head of the Division of Case-law and Research of the Supreme Court, topicalized information on possibilities for students to receive support in the development of their research papers, as well as in the search and application of Senate’s case law.
For several years now, the Supreme Court has been offering topics for research papers to master's and doctoral students in law studies, where the findings expressed in the rulings of the Senate can also contribute. Support is also provided in the event when the case law of the Senate can be useful for their research even if students have chosen to write on other topics. The Head of the Division of Case-law and Research called on the lecturers to draw the students' attention to the research of the findings of the Senate, so that, if necessary, the support provided by the Supreme Court could be used. At the same time, attention was drawn to observance of the conditions for receiving support, as well as emphasizing that students should be acquainted with and have researched publicly available court rulings and other Supreme Court resources before applying to the Supreme Court. Representatives of the teaching staff also suggested that the decisions made in closed sessions could be provided for purposes of research.
Anita Zikmane also updated the information about the publicly available resources of the Senate, as well as provided practical advice on how to work with these resources more effectively. The possibilities of the tool of case law classifiers were demonstrated in practice on the website of the Supreme Court, as well as it was reminded about other useful information available at www.at.gov.lv – case law studies, decisions of sittings of chairs of Senate’s Departments, decisions adopted at joint sittings of departmental senators, historical case law of the Latvian Senate, database of rulings of the European Court of Human Rights translated into Latvian, etc.
The discussion focused on the need to ensure the most expeditious acquaintance with rulings on particularly topical issues, as well as to ensure that rulings containing case law findings are publicly available rulings.
Cooperation with the law faculties of higher education institutions is marked as one of the operational priorities in the strategy of the Supreme Court. Anita Zikmane, the Head of the Division of Case-law and Research, points out that “Such cooperation not only promotes the quality of law studies, as it allows future lawyers to understand the practical application of law, but also strengthens the understanding of the Senate’s ruling as a source of law".
Information prepared by
Rasma Zvejniece, the Head of the Division of Communication of the Supreme Court
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