On Wednesday, August 31, as part of the European Legal Continuing Education Network (EJTN) program, law professors from Italy, Croatia, the Netherlands and Romania visited the Supreme Court of Latvia.

In the first part of the visit, the guests were welcomed by the representatives of the Judicial Council. Dace Šulmane, the adviser to the Judicial Council Secretariat, introduced the delegation to the role of the Judicial Council in the selection of judges. Ieva Višķere, the senator of the Department of Administrative Cases of the Supreme Court, as a member of the Judicial Selection Commission, shared her experience on the work of the Judicial Selection Commission, the selection procedure and the related challenges.

In the second part of the meeting, the professors met with Veronika Krūmiņa, the chair of the Department of Administrative Cases of the Supreme Court, Sandra Lapiņa, the head of the Supreme Court Administration, and Rasma Zvejniece, the head of the Communication Division of the Supreme Court.

When speaking about the training of judges, Veronika Krūmiņa shared her experience as a lecturer. The senator said that the training of judges includes both improving the skills of writing judgments and the skills of managing the court proceedings, analyzing non-standard situations and looking for solutions with the new judges. The senator also spoke about the organization of experience exchanges for already experienced judges, as well as the cooperation of the Senate departments with lower courts.

Sandra Lapiņa introduced the guests to the experience of the Supreme Court in further education of judges and employees, namely the establishment of training needs, the creation of training plan, and ensuring of feedback.

Whereas, Rasma Zvejniece informed about one of the Supreme Court's communication lines of action, namely about court history as a communication tool. The guests also walked the corridors of the Palace of Justice and visited the Supreme Court Museum, exploring its structure and importance in preserving historical memory.

The EJTN exchange program of law professors in Latvia is coordinated by the Latvian Judicial Training Centre. The purpose of the program is to get acquainted with teaching methodologies, pedagogical tools, best practices applied in the host country.

 

Information prepared by Iveta Jaudzema, International Cooperation Specialist of the Supreme Court

E-mail: iveta.jaudzema@at.gov.lv; telephone: +371 67020396