Ten judges of district (city) courts, who have just started to execute vocational duties or have in-service training for the post of a judge, tried administration of court proceedings in the Senate room of the Supreme Court. Their advisers were experienced judges – Veronika Krumina, the Chair of the Department of Administrative Cases of the Senate and Dzintra Balta, the judge of Riga regional court, as well as psychotherapist, instructor of social-psychological trainings, associate professor of the University of Latvia Maija Biseniece.  

Within New Judges’ Training Week, the 20th of August was day of training to administer court proceedings, which was organised by Judicial Training Centre in coordination with the Supreme Court. Play of court proceedings has been included in training programme for new judges, but usually it takes place in premises of the training centre. This time, following invitation of the senator Krumina, the Judicial Training Centre organised that in real court room, moreover – in the room of the Supreme Court, which was impressive, interesting and useful event for new judges, as participants and coaches of the seminar admitted.  

However, this training was not only technical or legal study of administration of court proceedings performed in accordance with procedural laws. New judges, playing roles in extemporaneous trial and then watching it in video record, together with coaches analysed their feelings and emotions in this process, they learned to deal with agitation, doubts, emotions, listened to practical advice, for example, on skilful development of contact with parties of proceedings and techniques of reading of a judgement.

The Judicial Training Centre organises programme of New Judges’ Training Week as know-how seminars, in which new judges are given opportunities to master skills, which are not stipulated in legal provisions and which are not included in programmes of legal studies and judicial training seminars. “Requirement to the candidate for the post of a judge is to be highly qualified lawyer, and usually it means individual, who can apply provisions of different legal standards correctly. However, the good judge will not be the one, who won’t feel secure in human sense and self-confident in his/her post. Thus, in know-how seminars skills related to communication and resolving of conflicts, for example, and different practical skills, have been mastered, issues of judicial ethics have also been discussed, to help a new judge to become a good judge”, says Inese Avota, the Head of Programmes of the Judicial Training Centre.  

In addition to practical trainings, new judges also visited the museum of the Supreme Court, where they got insight into history of Latvian courts, and went on a brief guided tour over the building of historical Palace of Justice.

Judges and trainees for the post of a judge from Administrative district court, Riga city Vidzeme suburb court, Zemgale suburb court, Centre district court, and fro Riga district court and Jekabpils district court participated in programme designed for new judges.

 

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