On August 28, at the meeting of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court with the Board of the Latvian Association of Judges the global issues of the judicial system were discussed, emphasizing the role of a judge in today's society as one of the fundamental postulates.

"Society is evolving and the court must evolve too. The understanding of the court proceedings is also changing. Consequently, the role of a judge today is significantly different from what it was 20–30 years ago,” the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Aigars Strupiss pointed out. In order to increase the efficiency of the court and public trust, it is necessary to change the principles of conducting the proceedings by going from being a judge-listener to being the one who conducts the proceedings. The opinion of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court is that this can be achieved mainly through training and selection of judges, but if it does not work, then through amendments to the law.

"Judges must also change in the sense that they can no longer hide behind their robe and formal authority. The judge's actions, including judgments, must be comprehensible. The communication requested by the public and the media can cause discomfort to judges, and it could be the task of the Association of Judges to help their colleagues overcome this discomfort,” the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court called.

The Chief Justice informed the Board of the Association of Judges about the forthcoming plans of the Supreme Court and the Judicial Council; as well as the progress in settling the issue of remuneration of judges in accordance with the judgments of the Constitutional Court will be discussed with the State Chancery.

 

 

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