On the 21st of February, professors of the University of Naples visited the Supreme Court. In conversation with Gunars Aigars, the vice-Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and the Chair of the Chamber of Civil Cases, and Zigmants Gencs, the Chair of the Department of Civil Cases of the Senate, they exchanged experience of review of civil cases in Latvia and Italy, as well as got acquainted with Latvian court system and legal system in general.

Professors have worked in the Department of Political Science of the University of Naples Federico II: Professor Carlo Amatucci teaches commercial law, Domenico Sinesio teaches private law and Professor Eduardo Zampella teaches Securities Regulations. Alongside with work in the university, they all are practising advocates. So professors, when speaking to judges of civil cases of the Supreme Court, were interested in branch of civil law, firstly.

Professors also presented system of review of civil cases in Italy. As participants of conversation concluded – problems, for example, long period of review of cases, exists in both countries. In Italy these terms are comparatively longer than in Latvia – review of a civil case in all three instances lasts for 9 years at average there, which is much more than average index of Latvia, as here approximately 70 per cent of civil cases have been reviewed in 3-3.5 years.

In Italy, advocate procedure is implemented, when reviewing cases in all instances, and it means that only advocates are authorised to file claim to the court, moreover, only advocates registered in special Register of Advocates – may perform these actions in cassation instance. The state pays for legal aid provided to low-income individuals.  

Italian professors considered both conversation with judges of civil cases of the Supreme Court and visit to the museum of the Supreme Court to be interesting and useful.

On Friday, the 22nd of February, professors of the University of Naples will hold meeting at the Faculty of Law of the University of Latvia.

Professors arrived to Latvia after having participated in seminar organised by the Faculty of Law of Saint-Petersburg State University, which had signed agreement on cooperation with the University of Naples.


Information prepared by

Rasma Zvejniece, the Head of the Division of Communication of the Supreme Court

E-mail:  rasma.zvejniece@at.gov.lv, telephone: 67020396, 28652211