The Advisory Board of the journal “Jurista Vārds” (“Lawyer’s word”) has renewed operation, and in future the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court will participate in composition of strategic adviser of the editorial office. 

Last week, on 29 September, Ivars Bickovics, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, participated in the first sitting of the new Advisory Board. In the sitting, the concept of development of “Jurista Vārds” 2016-2020, which has been elaborated by the editorial office, was discussed.

To gather information necessary for elaboration of concept, sociological survey was carried out among Latvian lawyers, which specified lawyers’ needs for information on events in justice sector and on continuing education, and the most frequently used sources of information.  With satisfaction the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court points out the fact that 75 per cent of lawyers indicated web site of the Supreme Court as the most frequently used source of information. Only the web site likumi.lv had higher ratio, and the journal “Jurista Vārds” had the one equal to that of the Supreme Court.  

Results of survey carried out among readers and of editorial “brainstorm” were presented and discussed in the sitting of the Advisory Board of  “Jurista Vārds”, and members of the Board also expressed opinions on possible further development of the journal. The members of the Board shared opinions on balance of the content among publications of academic direction, legal policy and practical nature. The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court pointed out the necessity to expand analysis of case-law in “Jurista Vārds”.

Conversations also concerned conceptual issue – whether the state should support publishing of press edition dedicated to justice in Latvia.  Dina Gailite, the editor-in-chief of the journal, with satisfaction points out the position of the Advisory Board that the state must take care of qualitative and permanent discussion on legal policy, which ensures improvement of legal system.  

The Board of “Jurista Vārds” as an advisory institution for the editorial office, was founded in 2004,  and representatives of different judicial and other institutions work in the Board ex officio to ensure link between the journal and the broadest range of lawyers.  Due to change of persons in several positions represented in the Board, which occurred during last years, the work of the Board was suspended for some time. Now operation of the Board is renewed, moreover, range of positions represented therein is extended. Currently, the composition of the Board includes Gaidis Berzins, the Chair of the Legal Affairs Committee of the Saeima (Parliament); Ivars Bickovics, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court; Juris Jansons, the Ombudsman; Guna Kaminska, the deputy Chair of the Council of Sworn Advocates; Aldis Lavins, the President of the Constitutional Court; Dr.iur. Janis Pleps, the adviser to the President of the State in constitutional issues; Dzintars Rasnacs, the Minister of Justice; Andris Spore, the Chair of the Council of Sworn Bailiffs;  Sandra Stipniece, the Chair of the Council of Sworn Notaries, and Dr.habil.iur. Kalvis Torgans, the professor of the University of Latvia.  

In accordance with bylaws, the goal of the Board is “to provide strategic consultations to the editorial office of “Jurista Vārds”, when developing diverse and independent legal journal “Jurista Vārds” of qualitative content and its web site juristavards.lv in order to support extensive, professional and legal political discussion on issues regarding the law science and praxis, thus promoting development of Latvian legal system”.

 

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