In the 21st century, it is no longer enough for a judge to have merely a formal authority, a judge must gain an authority through his or her professional qualities and dialogue with the public, as was emphasised by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Aigars Strupiss in conversation with new judges and candidates for the position of a judge.

On 18 September, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court participated in the discussion “Judge's Role and Challenges in the 21st Century” at the Judicial Training Centre, sharing his views on legal and social development trends and their impact on changes in the judge's status, role and qualities over time.

The Chief Justice outlined the development trends of the society, such as technological development, demands on the state, speed of information flow, public understanding of rights and obligations. This significantly changes the public's view of what a judge should be.

In the 21st century, society expects honesty, courage, independence, respect for others, authority and emotional intelligence from a judge. Today, the formal authority of a judge is no longer enough, a judge needs to acquire it through his or her professional qualities and through dialogue with the public.

This requires the judge to constantly develop professional qualities such as knowledge of the legal system and the legal method. Therefore, the judge must have the ability to acquire knowledge, be stress-resistant and be able to think critically.

 

The training of new judges and candidates for the position of a judge took place within the framework of the ESF project “Justice for Development”.

 

 

 

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