26 October, 2010
Unfortunately, confusion between administrative cases and cases on administrative misdemeanours is one of the most significant mistakes, which may be found in single text-books of social science, Veronika Krumina, the Chair of the Department of Administrative Cases of the Senate of the Supreme Court, concludes. So this issue was discussed extensively on the 25th of October, at the seminar for managers of Methodological Associations of Teachers of Social Science organised by National Centre for Education in cooperation with the Supreme Court.
At the seminar, Veronika Krumina reminded teachers of division of power in Latvia and analysed, who and how provides judiciary and independence of judges. The senator told about three-tiered court system of Latvia – instances and judges, provided information on the Constitutional Court, the European Court of Justice and the European court of Human Rights.
Teachers were interested in information about officials belonging to court system – prosecutors, advocates, notaries and bailiffs, and about courts, which are not included in court system – arbitration courts and orphan courts.
Sandra Falka, specialist of the NCE in scholastic content of social sciences, indicates that issues related to knowledge, skills and attitude towards law are included in content of standards “Social sciences, politics and law”, so knowledge of teachers, who are to teach these issues, is to be as complete as possible. Seminar in real environment of court system – in the court, being led by professional of high level – the senator of the Supreme Court, may give teachers more complete information and understanding of issues of jurisprudence.
In its turn, the Supreme Court stresses that promotion of understanding about judiciary in society is one of priorities of activity of the Supreme Court, so, alongside with direct work duties judges and employees of the court organise educational events for society. Last year, when celebrating fifth anniversary since the Department of Administrative Cases of the Senate was created, senators commenced tradition of Senators’ lessons, inviting pupils of grades 9-12 to lessons of law. Senators led lessons for more than 700 pupils from 32 schools. Teachers were also interested in lessons, so the Supreme Court responded to offer to cooperate with managers of Methodological Associations of Teachers of Social Science.
At the end of the seminar, teachers had an opportunity to visit the museum of the Supreme Court and to go on a small guided tour in the Palace of Justice, having look into historical room of the Senate, which is a room for government meetings at present, and visiting room of court hearings in criminal cases, which usually seems the most interesting place for pupils.
Managers of Methodological Associations were contented with what they heard and learned anew at the seminar, and they were interested in opportunity to bring groups of pupils to an excursion to the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court still offers guided tours and opportunity to participate in lessons of law led by senators. Time should be coordinated in the Division of Communication of the Supreme Court, telephone 67020396 or 28652211.
Information prepared by the Division of Communication of the Supreme Court
Telephone 67020396, 28652211