Turning the attention to unwanted trends, which appeared brightly last year, Veronika Krumina, the Chair of the Department of Administrative Cases of the Senate, has pointed out problem of mutual tolerance of authorities.

“I would like to call for mutual tolerance of authorities towards each other, as, when one power commonly (not in the concrete) criticises another power on an ongoing basis, social trust, which is already low, has been injured even more; moreover, it touches attitude of society towards the state in general. If a person is told permanently that officials are bad and unprofessional, then people don’t trust even the correct decision of an official. If a person is told permanently that courts are bad, then however qualitative arguments are included in court judgement upon decision of an official, an individual will not believe it,” V.Krumina stressed in her report at the Plenary Session of the Supreme Court.

Gunars Aigars, the Chair of the Chamber of Civil Cases, has also indicated that frequent and unreasoned reproaches to courts injure authority of those. “Reproaches are expressed to courts on long terms of review of cases, but judges work in overload now already. It is a duty of the State to provide adequate work conditions to judges, and work load is working condition number one”, G.Aigars said.   

The Chair of the Chamber admitted that maybe it could be possible to use such methods as establishing of term of review of cases proposed by the Ministry of Justice or stronger control of judge’s work via institution of chairs of courts in organisation of court work; however, it would be effective, if judges worked badly without those now. If it is not so, then such proposals, which develop an opinion about bad work of judges, injure prestige of the court, G.Aigars pointed out.

Vision on inability of courts to work effectively has been maintained in public space intentionally, Eriks Kalnmeiers, the Prosecutor General, believes, indicating that problems related to terms of review of cases exist also in courts of other European countries, not only in Latvia. The Prosecutor General indicated that even in Estonia, where joint organiser was developed to plan work of judges and prosecutors, cases are heard slowly. Accumulations of cases pending are formed in Estonian courts as well, which causes problems similar to those existing in Latvia.

In his turn, the senator Andris Gulans asked the Minister of Justice present at the Plenary Session not to confine himself to short answers to problems indicated by judges of the Supreme Court, but to initiate extensive, significant study on occurrences in Latvian court system. “Those problems, which are discussed in Plenary Session year by year, are related to whole society and the whole State. If we do not start to solve them seriously, we will speak about the same again next year and the year after the next”, the senator said.

On the 22nd of February, the Plenary Session or the general meeting of judges of the Supreme Court took place, in which analysis of work of the Supreme Court performed last year was performed and prospects of further operation were indicated.

You may read more about the Plenary Session of the Supreme Court here:

Work overload of the court is pointed out at the Plenary Session of the Supreme Court

The Supreme Court: amendments to the laws, which were not discussed, doesn’t accomplish a purpose and causes problems in application 

Necessity to develop institution of sworn advocate is pointed out at the Plenary Session  

The Department of Criminal Cases of the Senate: formulation of charges in tax cases and in determination of substantial harm causes problems to guides of proceedings

 

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