“Operation of the Supreme Court should be effective, as not only speed of concrete cases, but also that of growth of development of the state depends on it”, Andris Berzins, the President of the State, pointed out after the meeting with the management of the Supreme Court on the 15th of February. The President of the State promised to support and to promote suggestions upon effectivisation crystallized in practice of the Supreme Court in legislation procedures.  

On Friday, the 15th of February, the President of the State visited the Supreme Court, getting acquainted with work of the court and meeting the management Supreme Court.  

In the beginning of the visit in the Supreme Court, Ivars Bickovics, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, acquainted the President of the State with premises and employees of the court, having visited the chancery of the Senate and the Department of Administrative Cases of the Senate.  

During the conversation with the management of the Supreme Court the President of the State was given information about court structure, number of judges and employees and work load. The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court pointed out that 5 282 cases were received in the Supreme Court in 2012, and number of cases reviewed increased for 300, in comparison with previous year. Number of civil cases has increased especially fast. The management of the Supreme Court and the President of the State were of the same opinion that harder “sieve” for the cases arriving in the cassation instance in the Supreme Court and other amendments to procedural laws would be necessary to decrease turnover of cases in courts.  

The President of the State stressed that so big load – each judge has to review a case almost in two days – in the highest court instance is incommensurately tense, and it doesn’t show positive trend from the point of view of both court efficiency and quality and of rule of law and development of the state.  

During the meeting, the issue of reorganisation of the Supreme Court was also discussed, namely, implementation of model of “clear” three-level courts, and in relation to that, the President of the State indicated that one should speak on reorganisation, not on elimination of court chambers of the Supreme Court.

The President of the State appreciated the fact that new generation of knowing lawyers enters court system and agreed to opinion of the management of the Supreme Court that age limit established in the law at present, namely, thirty years to begin career of a judge and forty years – to become the judge of the Supreme Court, is not stimulating aspect., The President of the State asked the Supreme Court, when solving both this and other problems, to be active in offering suggestions, and, taking into account the fact that the Supreme Court doesn’t have right to initiate legislation, he promised to support suggestions of experienced professionals. 

After the visit to the Supreme Court, the President of the State admitted that he got to know the Supreme Court as prospective institution, which “has grown and It still grows”, where he hadn’t heard usual yammers about lack of financing, and he understood that there work people, for whom profession is a way of life.

At the end of the visit, Andris Berzins, the President of the State, participated in event devoted to opening of the book “Comments on the Constitution of the Republic of Latvia. Chapter VI. The Court. Chapter VII. The State Control”, which took place in the Supreme 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