On 16 June, at Riga Castle, State President Egils Levits met with the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Aigars Strupiss, who had taken up his new duties the same day, as well as with the former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Ivars Bickovics. The President congratulated Aigars Strupiss, wishing him success in his responsible position, as well as he thanked Ivars Bickovics for his long-term commitment.

The President expressed interest in priorities stated by Aigars Strupiss as the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and the Chair of the Judicial Council, namely, selection and training of judges, development of principles of specialization of judges and courts, strengthening of the capacity of the Judicial Council and other topicalities.

Much attention was paid by the participants to the issue of training and further training of judges. The President emphasized that Latvia needed an Academy of Judges and Prosecutors to perform the function of training and improving the qualifications of judges, as is the case in many other places in Europe. Aigars Strupiss informed that the Judicial Council had recently approved the procedure for selecting new judges, where the goal of education is given much more emphasis than before.

What regards the work done by the Judicial Council, Ivars Bickovics informed about the working group that is studying the problems of protracted legal proceedings in the country. The Judicial Council called on the Supreme Court to set up such a working group after the President drew attention to the issue at the annual conference of judges.

Aigars Strupiss pointed out that the next meeting with the President would take place after he had mastered the “field” of the position of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and developed an action program.

 

 

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