Law on Mediation has been effective since last June, but regulation regarding court-recommended mediation, which follows from the Law on Mediation, became effective on 1 January 2015. Namely, it is judge’s obligation to recommend to parties to use mediation to solve dispute in all claims in civil cases.

Mediation is a process of voluntary cooperation, in which parties try to achieve mutually acceptable agreement to solve their dissents through the mediator.  Court-recommended mediation in its turn is mediation conducted by the mediator, if during proceedings, until review of the case on the merits is not finished, parties upon recommendation of a court or a judge expressed wish to solve disagreements, using mediation. Mediation is recommended to parties both in the first instance and in appellate instance, inter alia, in the Chamber of Civil Cases of the Supreme Court, and, if necessary, it may be used also in cassation instance.

A judge or a court asks parties to choose a mediator from the list of certified mediators, but it does not forbid parties to choose other mediator, who is not included in this list. List of certified mediators may be found on the web site of the Mediation Council www.mediacija.lv.

Zane Petersone, the judge of the Chamber of Civil Cases of the Supreme Court and the member of the Board from Latvia in the European Association of judges for mediation (GEMME) informs that information material, which may be used by courts to inform parties to a case, is elaborated in cooperation with the Council of Certified Mediators. Information on mediation may be found in chanceries of courts, also in the Secretariat of departments of the Chancery of the Supreme Court and in the Secretariat of the Chamber of Civil Cases, as well as on the information stand near the entrance.  

 

 

 

Information prepared by

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

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