Last week, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and the chairs of Senate Departments, as well as representatives of the Division of Case Law and Research, paid an experience exchange visit to Slovenia and Croatia.

In Slovenia, the delegation met with colleagues at the Supreme Court, representatives of the Judicial Training Centre, representatives of the Office of the Human Rights Ombudsman, and visited the Slovenian Parliament.

The Supreme Court of Slovenia demonstrated the internal circulation of court documents, discussed issues related to the circulation of electronic documents and solutions to these issues. The Supreme Court of Slovenia administers the entire judicial system and therefore it has a central role in matters of electronic circulation and innovation. In 2019, the Slovenian Supreme Court won the Crystal Scales of Justice Prize for innovation in the justice sector.

In addition, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court as the Chair of the Judicial Council Aigars Strupišs, met with the President of the Slovenian Judicial Council to discuss topical issues in the field of justice.

Whereas, in Croatia, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, the chairs of Senate Departments and the Division of Case Law and Research met with colleagues from the Supreme Court of Croatia, the Judicial Training Centre and the Legal Affairs Committee of the Croatian Parliament.

In addition to general issues, the discussion was focused on the harmonization of case law, especially given that Croatia is relatively fragmented with specialized courts. Issues related to the impact of amendments to law on the efficiency of court work were considered separately.

During the meeting with the head of the Legal Affairs Committee and his deputy in the Croatian Parliament, issues of judicial and parliamentary cooperation were discussed, such as the annual report of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and the dialogue between the legislature and the judiciary in drafting amendments to law.

The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court as the Chair of the Judicial Council also met with the President of the Croatian Judicial Council and his Deputy. Issues of judicial independence were discussed, especially regarding the budgeting procedure, as well as the necessity to provide judicial councils with resources to fully ensure their functions.

 

Information prepared by

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

E-mail: rasma.zvejniece@at.gov.lv, telephone: +371 67020396, +371 286522