In late November, the representatives of Supreme Court in the framework of the project "Supreme Courts as guarantee for effectiveness of judicial systems in EU" took part in the Experience Exchange Seminar in the Supreme Court of Hungary.

Inara Garda, Judge of the Department of Civil Cases, Adele Zalamane, Judge assistant, and Aleksandrs Potaicuks, Adviser to the Division of Case-law and Research, participated in three-days long discussions with delegations of supreme courts of Lithuania, Hungary and Spain on three topics. First, the role of supreme courts in work of councils for judiciary; secondly, mechanisms for reducing the time limit of proceedings; education programs for employees of the supreme courts, as well as participation in public education. The information on how these functions were implemented in Lithuania, Hungary and Spain was gathered.

Project participants were in depth presented with Hungarian judicial system, structure and competences of the Supreme Court of Hungary, as well as with judges’ practical work.

Particular attention was paid to Hungary’s information campaign to educate students on the work of courts and duties of judge. The president of Hungary in parallel to his work in the courts also participates in student education activities in schools and receives students in court premises, presenting them with judicial functions and daily work of court. Judges are specially trained to work with students and in addition rewarded for educational work, thus encouraging more active involvement in this project. Educational activities aim at building trust of the new generation of society in the judiciary and judicial work.

The Supreme Court of Hungary has also initiated special interactive communication with the public. It regularly publishes educational and informational videos on its website. Court interactively educates and informs the public about the legal proceedings, the events of the Hungarian judicial system, the Supreme Court, as well as responds to the social events that are associated with the courts.

The discussions showed that functions and tasks of the Council for the Judiciary slightly vary by each country, but they are all united by the principle of independence from the legislature and executive power, as well as their main task is to mediate between the judiciary and the executive power, thus ensuring independence of the judiciary.

Project participants listened with interest about the work experience of the Division of Case-law and Research of the Supreme Court of Latvia. Colleagues from other countries welcomed research and advisory functions of this division and recognized it a valuable aid to the judges.

Project "Supreme Courts as guarantee for effectiveness of judicial systems in EU" is financed by the Directorate-General of the European Commission and managed by the Supreme Court of Latvia. The project involves Supreme Courts of Lithuania, Spain and Hungary, as well as the University of Antwerp (Belgium) and the University of Ljubljana (Slovenia).

This document does not represent the opinion of the European Commission. It reflects only opinions and interpretations of its authors. The European Commission does not bear any responsibility for further use of this information.

 

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