24 May, 2018
Participants of the conference (first row from left) Minister of Justice Dzintars Rasnacs, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Ivars Bickovics, Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis, State President Raimonds Vejonis, President of the Constitutional Court Ineta Ziemele. Photo by Chancery of the President of Latvia
In the opening of the international conference "The role of constitutional courts in the globalized world of the 21st century", the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Ivars Bickovics, emphasized the importance of judicial dialogue in the processes of globalization. "Mutual judicial assessment of conclusions and promotion of the protection of democratic values is the highest guarantor of the rule of law," said the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.
The judicial dialogue takes place both actively, for example, by submitting applications to the Constitutional Court, or referring preliminary questions to the Court of Justice of the European Union, and passively by keeping track of the rulings of the courts of other countries, and to a certain extent approving the arguments of other courts when interpreting them. "Such a high-level lawyer's action demonstrates professionalism and the ability to orientate oneself in today's global legal dimension," said the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. At the same time, he noted that this argumentation should be based on internal critical assessment and should be certified by professional common sense.
The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court drew the attention of the participants to the special value of the decisions of the Constitutional Court, as the legislator has given the universal character to interpretation of the norms of law by the Constitutional Court, and these decisions mark the essential legal principles in the legal system of Latvia.
The value of the decisions of the Constitutional Court is proved by their use in the further application of legal norms. The Chief Justice emphasized that the Supreme Court in its publicly available archive of case law has established the index of quoted judgments, which demonstrate the conclusions of the Constitutional Court used in rulings of the Supreme Court. In its rulings, the Constitutional Court also frequently refers to the case law on the application of legal norms. "If interactions are mutually respectful, it in any case strengthens the rule of law," Ivars Bickovics emphasized.
On May 24, the international conference organized by the Constitutional Court "The role of constitutional courts in the globalized world of the 21st century" was opened, which is the largest international event in the field of justice in Latvia in its centenary year and brings together representatives from 25 countries.
During the opening ceremony of the conference the participants were addressed by State President Raimonds Vejonis, Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Ivars Bickovics, President of the Council of Europe Commission on Democracy through Law (Venice Commission) Gianni Buquicchio, President of the Constitutional Court Ineta Ziemele, and Minister of Justice Dzintars Rasnacs.
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Rasma Zvejniece, the Head of the Division of Communication of the Supreme Court
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