On November 10, Ivars Bickovics, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, participates in the discussion on the effectiveness of the judicial system and the ideal legal system in future at the conference for readers and authors of the journal "Jurista Vārds" (Lawyer’s Word) – "Challenges of the Latvian Judicial System in the Second Centenary of the State". While Veronika Krumina, Chair of the Department of Administrative Cases, participates in discussion on interaction of justice and economics.

The conference, that was announced as one of the most ambitious this year’s events in the justice sector, takes place on the occasion of the publication of the 1000th issue of the specialized journal "Jurista Vārds".

Anniversary issue of the journal, which is published on 144 pages, is devoted to mirror the situation of the legal system of Latvia on the threshold of the second centenary of the State.

The editor-in-chief Dina Gailite in the introduction to the publication thanks the authors who responded to the editorial proposal to carry out ‘express-audit’: to analyze the organization of Latvian judiciary, the quality of the legislative process and the impact of digitization on the justice, as well as to examine all the major branches of law, define their problems and formulate development directions.

Judges and employees of the Supreme Court are among the authors of the special edition of "Jurista Vārds".

Ivars Bickovics, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and the Chair of the Council for the Judiciary, together with other leaders of the judicial system, draws attention to the current events in the organization of the work of the judiciary.

Anita Kovalevska, Acting Judge at the Department of Administrative Cases of the Supreme Court, reported on the development of administrative law, but Jautrite Briede, Professor of the University of Latvia, Judge of the Department of Administrative Cases, currently working as long-term expert at the Supreme Court of Ukraine, commented on the administrative law as a subject of study and on the comparison of these rights as applied in Latvia and Ukraine.

In turn, Veronika Krumina, Chair of the Department of Administrative Cases, prepared a comprehensive review on the development of administrative procedure law, structure of administrative courts and administrative proceedings at court.

The Department of Civil Cases of the Supreme Court is widely represented among authors. Edite Vernusa, the Chair of the Department, writes about the understanding of the essence of the cassation instance. Judge Valerijans Jonikans views the labyrinths created by the legislator in labor law; and Rihards Gulbis, Legal Research Counsel to the Department of Civil Cases, –  about protecting the interests of the apartment owners. Judge Aigars Strupiss provided a comprehensive overview of the development of commercial law.

"Of course, this issue of the journal cannot qualify for a detailed and comprehensive opinion, which would require many expert commissions, international assessors, and extensive institutional engagement. However, we are convinced that this kaleidoscopic summary of opinions can serve as a good source for the discussions and actions of Latvian lawyers, awaiting the centenary anniversary of the Republic of Latvia and planning the development of our country's legal system in the second century," – said Dina Gailite, editor-in-chief of the journal.


Information prepared by

Rasma Zvejniece, the Head of the Division of Communication of the Supreme Court

E-mail: rasma.zvejniece@at.gov.lv, telephone: +371 67020396, +371 28652211