On Friday, 19 February, the first Young Lawyers’ Career Day was organised in the Supreme Court. Nine students from the University of Latvia and Riga Graduate School of Law had an opportunity to get familiarised with work of judges, assistant to a judge, scientific adviser and the Division of Case-law and Research. The idea on organisation of the Young Lawyers’ Career Day the Supreme Court responded to, originated within the organisation ELSA Latvia, which has been part of European Law Students’ Association. The event was organised to allow Latvian law students to spend one day with legal professionals.

In the first part of the day students were addressed by Ivars Bickovics, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. He told about skills, knowledge and experience, which are necessary to become a judge. The Chief Justice also encouraged students, saying that judge’s work has never been monotonous and grey, as it makes one to study and to research constantly. Moreover, each case is different, and in each case, there is a human, who trusted his or her pain to the court to be solved. With true interest, young lawyers listened to narration by the Scientific Adviser Rihards Gulbis, whose daily work includes extensive research work, summarising the experience of other countries regarding resolution of particular legal issues, and preparation of different statements. Liva Skujina, the assistant to the judge of the Department of Administrative Cases, also told young lawyers about her work. She told about role of an assistant to a judge in judge’s daily work, because the assistant is like the right hand for the judge. The assistant also reads each case, searches for respective regulatory enactments and participates in preparation of a draft of a ruling. Narration of Anita Zikmane, the Head of the Division of Case-law and Research, was very useful to students, as she told about selection of rulings for the Case-law data base and on extensive information on conclusions of the Court of Justice of the European Union and the European Court of Human Rights, which may be found on the web site of the Supreme Court.

In the second part of the day, young lawyers met in individual conversations with judges of the Supreme Court – Veronika Krumina, the Chair of the Department of Administrative Cases; Anda Briede, Inara Garda, Valerijans Jonikans, Inta Lauka, Aigars Strupiss and Anda Vitola – judges of the Department of Civil Cases. Students admitted that conversations were very valuable, because they helped to understand judge’s work, and to specify some questions, which arose during studies, when elaborating course papers. One student admitted that previously she hasn’t thought about judge’s office as possible future occupation, but after the conversation with the judge she was really inspired and even started to think of such an opportunity.  

At the end of the day, students watched the film about history of the highest court instance “95 Years of the Senate of Latvia – Yesterday and Today”, and went on a guided tour over the Palace of Justice, and visited the museum of the Supreme Court.

Information prepared by Baiba Kataja, the Press secretary of the Supreme Court
Telephone: 67020396; e-mail: baiba.kataja@at.gov.lv