Number of complaints in the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), which is great, if being calculated proportionally to number of population, doesn’t purport only about problems of quality of work of national courts. Another problem is lack of mechanisms to provide accessibility to timely and fair trial – assessed Josep Casadevall, the First Vice-President of the ECHR, when meeting judges of the Supreme Court.  

In relation to Latvia, judges of the ECHR recommended to assess opportunities to increase powers and authority of the Constitutional Court on issues related to human rights, however, in the Supreme Court – to establish clear and well-founded criteria and mechanisms of accessibility of cassation instance. The state has to analyse in general, which particular problems related to human rights are included in complaints to the ECHR, and it has to solve these problems in national level.

Between July, 4 and July, 7, delegation of judges of the ECHR visited Latvia, which met judges of the Constitutional Court and the Supreme Court on the 5th of July. Judges of the ECHR evaluated meeting with judges of the constitutional court and the highest instance court as very important, as courts have joint aim – to protect human rights, and it is the best to solve them in national level, however, the ECHR should be the last instance to address.  

The delegation of judges of the ECHR consisted of Josep Casadevall, the First Vice-President of the ECHR and the President of the Third Chamber, who is elected from Andorra; Ineta Ziemele, the President of the Fourth Chamber, who is elected from Latvia; Thor Bjorgvinsson, the Vice-President of the Fourt Chamber, who is elected from Iceland, and Nina Tsotsoria, the judge of the Third Chamber, who is elected from Georgia.

Visit of judges of the ECHR to Latvia was organised by the Bureau of the Representative of the Cabinet of Ministers in the International Institutions of Human Rights.

 

 

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