On Thursday, May 17, the visit to the Supreme Court was paid by judges-lecturers from the High School of Justice of Georgia in order to get acquainted with Latvia's experience in the field of justice.

The members of the delegation met with Anita Kovalevska, the judge of the Department of Administrative Cases, and Aigars Strupiss, the judge of the Department of Civil Cases. Representatives of the Supreme Court introduced the guests with the structure and functioning of the judicial system of Latvia, gave an insight into the reforms of the judicial system – liquidation of the Supreme Court chambers and the territorial reform of courts. They also spoke about the importance of establishing a uniform case-law by providing an insight into the new classification of the case law and its functions available on the website of the Supreme Court.

In the form of a discussion judicial systems of both countries were compared, revealing various interesting differences. By actively engaging in a conversation, several questions were raised by guests. For example, how can a person become a judge in Latvia, whether it is possible to appeal the decision of the Supreme Court, as well as more specific questions – how often and in what cases the cassation complaints are not accepted, what are the deadlines for processing cases, etc.

Participants expressed particular interest in issues regarding the disciplinary liability of judges and the work of the judges' self-government institutions, therefore judges of the Supreme Court told about the work of the Judicial Ethics Commission and the Disciplinary Court, explaining the differences in the work of the two institutions.

Within the framework of the exchange of experience, the judges also visited the Judicial Training Centre of Latvia and the Ministry of Justice.

 

Information prepared by
Iveta Jaudzema, International Cooperation Specialist of the Supreme Court
E-mail: iveta.jaudzema@at.gov.lv; telephone: +371 67020396