21 December, the Supreme Court was visited by last this year’s group of students from the University of Latvia. They learned about the judicial system and work of the Supreme Court. During freshman days starting from October, The Supreme Court was attended by 13 groups of students, a total of 220 students from the University of Latvia, Riga Stradins University, Daugavpils University, School of Business Administration "Turiba", Rezekne Academy of Technology and the College of Law. It is significant that freshman days began in 21 October also with a group of students from the University of Latvia.

Students’ tour was organized as a conversation about current events in the work of courts. Students met with Ivars Bickovics, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. Students admitted that it was very useful to listen to lecture of Chief Justice about Latvian court system, current events of judicial activities and the personal work experience. The Chief Justice also answered students’ questions.

In the second part of the tour students visited the museum of the Supreme Court and listened to stories about history of the Senate of Latvia, the Latvian court system during years of occupation and restoration of the Supreme Court in the independent Republic of Latvia. During a tour of the Palace of Justice students visited courtrooms, including the historic Senate Hall and took pictures at the Latvian justice symbol - sculpture “Justice” by K. Zemdega.

The Supreme Court organizes freshman days for eight years. The aim is to expand the legal awareness and interest of future lawyers in the Latvian court system and allow gaining insight in one of the most interesting and at the same time the most challenging professions - a judge's work.

Information prepared by Baiba Kataja, the Press Secretary of the Supreme Court

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