On August 30, Jacques Buhler, the Deputy Secretary General of Swiss Federal Court, representatives of Court Administration of Lithuania and Latvia and of the Ministry of Justice of Estonia visited the Supreme Court. During the visit, guests met Ivars Bickovics, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, and Ervins Kuskis, the Chair of the Chamber of Criminal Cases, who told about use of video conferencing equipment in daily work of the court.

Representatives arrived to Latvia to visit two-day seminar on court modernisation in Jurmala city court within framework of individual project “Modernisation of courts in Latvia” of Swiss-Latvian cooperation programme.  In the seminar, participants were acquainted with new electronic service and another modern technology – inter alia, implementation of video conferencing and equipment in daily work of courts. Representatives of Lithuanian Court Administration and representatives of the Ministry of Justice of Estonia shared experience of their countries in use of modern technologies in work of courts. Today, representatives of Baltic countries reported about installation of video conferencing equipment and Latvian representatives demonstrated operation of those. Video conference session between Switzerland and Baltic countries was also implemented.  

Two courtrooms have been equipped with sound and video conferencing devices in the Supreme Court. It became possible thanks to Swiss-Latvian cooperation project “Modernisation of courts in Latvia”, which has been implemented by the Court Administration in cooperation with the Supreme Court and Prison Administration, using funds granted by Federal Council of Switzerland. Within framework of the project, 47 Latvian courts and 12 prisons, i.e., 312 rooms in total, were equipped with video conferencing devices.