On November 15, Reinis Odins, Legal Research Counsel to the Department of Civil Cases, met with new lawyers from Berlin, who currently are in their practical phase – working in the Supreme Court of Berlin, and have arrived in Latvia on a study visit.

During the meeting, Reinis Odins introduced the guests to the structure of the judicial system of Latvia, providing more detailed information on the Supreme Court, its activities, appointment procedure of judges, work of the Departments and Administration. He also told about the judicial information system and viewed other topical issues.

Lawyers showed great interest in the Supreme Court. They were curious about issues such as the impact of foreign scientific articles and international law on the administration of justice in Latvia. Young lawyers wanted to find out whether there are specialized courts in Latvia like there are, for example, in Russia. They were also interested in the remuneration of judges and the proportion of women working in the judiciary.

The guests also inspected the Supreme Court Museum and its collection, learning about the history and development of the Court. The historic Senate Hall, as well as the sculpture “Justice” was visited.

Within the framework of the study visit, junior lawyers are also visiting the Constitutional Court, the Saeima (Parliament), the Embassy of Germany in Latvia and other institutions.

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