The dialogue between the Supreme Court and the Constitutional Court is strengthening the judiciary in Latvia
28 September, 2020
The President of the Constitutional Court Ineta Ziemele and the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Aigars Strupiss lead the discussion
In order to ensure understanding of court findings and further development of law, the dialogue between the Constitutional Court and the Supreme Court is essential and not only through judgments, but also through face-to-face discussion – confirmation of this is the meeting of judges of both highest courts on September 25. This was the first time that such a broad exchange of information and views had taken place between judges.
During the meeting, the judges discussed the latest findings of the Constitutional Court judgments in matters of civil and criminal law, as well as in social law. The judges also discussed such issues as submission of an application to the Constitutional Court in the context of adversarial principle and disposition principle in civil proceedings, as well as the status of the court that has submitted an application to the Constitutional Court, and other aspects.
The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Aigars Strupiss pointed out that, despite the differences in the powers and functions of courts, such a dialogue is an important combination of legal theory and practice. “In this discussion, the Constitutional Court emphasizes those findings of its case law that are considered essential for the development of law, while the Supreme Court raises legal issues that are topical for the cassation instance. We can approach the most ideal solution through the conversation.” The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court especially noted the judgments of the Constitutional Court, which have made a significant contribution to strengthening the role of the cassation instance, as well as to the efficiency of cassation in civil proceedings.
In turn, the President of the Constitutional Court Ineta Ziemele emphasized that active mutual communication between the Constitutional Court and the Supreme Court is essential in order to strengthen the judiciary in general. “The judiciary in Latvia must be strong, having its own foundation and attitude. Therefore, it is necessary for both courts to establish close communication. Nowadays, legal issues are becoming more and more complicated, therefore the courts must conceptually move in one direction,” said the President of the Constitutional Court.
Information prepared by
Rasma Zvejniece, the Head of the Division of Communication of the Supreme Court
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