Considering it necessary to strengthen the rule of law in the country, Ivars Bickovics, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, and Raimonds Vejonis, the President of the State, during the meeting on 8 September agreed on cooperation between the Supreme Court and expert committee established by the President of the State, which will prepare proposals on improvement of legal environment.

The President of the State might explain his ideas more extensively at the Latvian Judges’ Conference to be held on 13 November. The President agreed to participate at the Conference upon invitation of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

In conversation with the President of the State, Ivars Bickovics, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, informed on performance of the Supreme Court and the Council for the Judiciary in increasing of the efficiency of work of courts. The President of the State expressed his concerns on long adjudication of cases, and the Chief Justice explained delay with economic breakdown, which caused large inflow of civil cases.  Currently it has reached the Supreme Court as cassation instance, however, as the Chief Justice indicated – in the first half-year the Supreme Court number of adjudicated cases exceeded number of new cases received, therefore, the situation improves gradually.

The President of the State appreciated reforms implemented within judicial system and results thereof, stressing that they must be actively explained to society. The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court pointed out strategy for communication of courts approved by the Council for the Judiciary and guidelines on communication within judicial system, on which the judicial system works currently.  

During the meeting, the problem of sexual violence, which is updated in the society now, inter alia, towards children, was also discussed. The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court pointed out that the society is ready to speak on sex crimes, in more extensive and open manner; therefore, the problem is updated in legislator’s agenda as well.  Already in 2007, the Supreme Court, having summarised case-law in cases on sexual violence towards children, pointed out problems in application of law. The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court pointed out that currently the Supreme Court updates summarisation of case-law for cases of these categories. Representatives of the Supreme Court also participate in work group of the Saeima (Parliament), which works on amendments to legal provisions, and in cooperation with the Judicial Training Centre updates training programmes for judges.   

Ivars Bickovics, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, came on introductory visit to Blackheads House  upon invitation of Raimonds Vejonis, the President of the State.

 

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