On annual Media Day which this time took place on April 25, the ABC of judicial proceedings was presented to journalists writing about work of courts. The Chief Justice, chairs of the departments and legal research counsels tried to explain complicated judicial proceedings in simple words, useful for media representatives.

The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Ivars Bickovics, reminded of the role and place of the Supreme Court and the Council for the Judiciary in the Latvian judicial system, as well as gave information which is always useful for journalists – who is responsible for what. The Chief Justice also explained the difference between the concepts of "judicial power", "court system" and "judicial system", clarified what belongs to and does not belong to the judicial system.

In turn, Edite Vernusa, Chair of the Department of Civil Cases, Rihards Gulbis, Legal Research Counsel to the Department of Civil Cases, Peteris Dzalbe, Chair of the Department of Criminal Cases, and Veronika Krumina, Chair of the Department of Administrative Cases, highlighted the essence of each of the processes that are taking place in the court – civil procedure, criminal procedure and administrative procedure, how they are taking place in every court instance, what is the role of the Supreme Court in these processes, and what are the most common "stumbling blocks" for the media, by also giving examples of cases regarding each of these processes.

Heads of departments also responded to journalists' questions and listened to issues media are facing, when preparing materials about court cases and reading court rulings. At present, the greatest uncertainty there is about the General Data Protection Regulation, which comes into effect on May 25. Although this Regulation does not apply to court proceedings, and also applies to journalism with some exceptions, there is a lot of ambiguities media comes across.

At the conclusion of the meeting, journalists had the opportunity to watch the documentary "Senators", which is a story about the thirty senators of the Senate of Latvia, who worked in in the Senate during the first period of Free State of Latvia (1918-1940).

 

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