On October 19-20, Ivars Bickovics, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, participates in a conference organized by the Network of the Presidents of the Supreme Judicial Courts of the European Union "What criteria are required to achieve genuine separation of powers".

This is the first time that the Network of the Presidents of the Supreme Judicial Courts of the European Union organizes a conference in Estonia. The meeting will be chaired by Priit Pikamäe, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Estonia, who was elected the President of the Network of the Presidents of the Supreme Judicial Courts of the European Union last year. The focus will be on the issue of achieving separation of powers.

During the meeting, the Chief Justices of the Courts will discuss the conditions to be fulfilled in order to ensure the independence and autonomy of the judiciary as a separate branch of state power. During the exchange of experience and knowledge, the following issues will be discussed – whether and to what extent other state institutions should supervise the activities of the Supreme Court, and – what role the Chief Justice of the Court should have in reforming the judicial system. One of the goals of the meeting is to develop common standards for the definition and understanding of the independence of the judiciary. The meeting will be attended by the Chief Justices of Supreme Courts of Austria, Belgium, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Croatia, Finland, Luxembourg, Norway, Poland, Slovenia, Sweden, Germany, France, Montenegro, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Czech Republic, Ireland, Slovakia, Albania, Estonia and the Supreme Court of Latvia.

 

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