On Friday, 29 January, Ivars Bickovics, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, participated in the solemn opening of the judicial year of the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.

More than 350 of presidents of Supreme Courts and Constitutional Courts and other highest judicial officials from Contracting Parties participated at the annual event of the European Court of Human Rights. Guido Raimondi, the President of the European Court of Human Rights, who has held this office since November 2015, and Andrzej Rzeplinski, the President of the Constitutional Court of Poland, addressed the audience.    

Looking back to previous year, the President of the European Court of Human Rights stressed two significant directions of activity. First is to reduce number of cases, which are pending for the decision on admissibility. The court has successfully discharged this task, and currently there are only 3250 such cases pending.

The second positive result is that, comparing to number of cases pending at the end of 2014 (approximately70 000 cases), there were under 65 000 cases at the end of 2015, which is a decrease per 7%.

Speaking about priorities of this year, the President of the Court pointed out to reduce number of priority cases and cases pending before the Chamber. In opinion of the President of the European Court of Human Rights, these cases are more complex, therefore it is challenge for the future.   

The second task is introduction of reasoning, when deciding on inadmissibility of the application.

Representatives of courts also participated in the seminar on international and national courts confronting large-scale human rights violations caused in result of genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and terrorism.

 Speech of Guido Raimondi, the President of the European Court of Human Rights, at the opening of the judicial year of the Court

 

Information prepared by

Rasma Zvejniece, the Head of the Division of Communication of the Supreme Court

E-mail: rasma.zvejniece@at.gov.lv, telephone: 67020396, 28652211