On September 20-22, the representatives of the Department of Civil Cases participated in the experience exchange and visited the Supreme Court of Sweden in Stockholm and the District Court of Södertörn, which is the court of first instance.

The purpose of the visit was to gain insight into the possibilities of improving work efficiency and quality. It was the first of the two visits of the representatives of the Department to take place in the framework of the project "Possibilities of improving work efficiency and quality of the Department of Civil Cases of the Supreme Court" organized within the Nordic-Baltic Mobility Program "Public Administration" funded by the Nordic Council of Ministers.

In the Supreme Court of Sweden, the Delegation of the Department of Civil Cases learned about the structure of the Swedish judicial system and the procedure for reviewing cases. Issues that are faced by the courts of both countries were discussed, as well as possible solutions were talked through, based on the experience of each country.

In turn, at the District Court of Södertörn, the delegation was introduced by a number of measures intended to improve the quality and efficiency of work carried out by this court on the basis of a study of 2009 on public confidence in the court and the circumstances that affect it. In the light of the results of the study, the District Court of Södertörnmade impressive efforts to improve judicial communication with the parties to proceedings and the public, to make court decisions clearer and more understandable, and to make communication with media more effective.

Aigars Strupiss, judge of the Department of Civil Cases of the Supreme Court, Rihards Gulbis, legal research counsel, and assistants to judges Vadims Terentjevs, Liene Ake, Madara Storha, Adele Zalamane participated in the exchange of experience.

 

Information prepared by
Liene Ake, Assistant to judge of the Department of Civil Cases of the Supreme Court