This week, the delegation of the Supreme Court visited the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg to get familiarised with its solutions on acceleration of examination of cases and to participate in the court hearing by the Grand Chamber.  

Similarly to Latvian and other national courts, the ECtHR also meets difficulties in ensuring of reasonable terms of examination of cases within its budget and human resources capacity.  Representatives of the Supreme Court evaluated how various structural units of different levels of the ECtHR, in mutually coordinated system, rather decidedly take care of effective use of court resources, resolving questions in prior sequence. It implies appropriate information technology solutions and effective and goal-coordinated work of the Registry, and resolving of legal issues in structures of appropriate level, so that cases on significant legal issues prepared for examination would come to judges’ table.

Representatives of the Supreme Court met Martins Mits, the newly elected judge in respect of Latvia, who presented the most important cases examined recently by the ECtHR, and also allowed to get insight into daily routine of a judge of this court. Other meetings with Latvian lawyers in the ECtHR, and employees of the Representation of Latvia to the Council of Europe were mostly dedicated to recent case-law of the ECtHR, in particular, in cases against Latvia, and to discussions about questions on legal issues prepared by the Supreme Court.

Anna Ostina, the assistant to the legal adviser of the ECtHR presented the commenced pilot project on cooperation of the ECtHR and national highest judicial authorities. Namely, the ECtHR has planned mutually beneficial cooperation so that domestic courts would obtain access to analytical reviews on the latest case-law of the ECtHR, receiving rather authoritative information on national legal provisions.

The delegation of the Supreme Court included Lubova Kusnire, the judge of the Department of Civil Cases, Rudite Vidusa, the judge of the Department of Administrative Cases, Voldemars Cizevskis, the judge of the Department of Criminal Cases, Gunars Aigars, the adviser to the Chamber of Civil Cases, and Jekabs Lacis – the information technology officer.

The Supreme Court considers getting familiarised with work of the ECtHR and solutions of different problems in presence and discussions to be significant opportunity to exchange experience, and by extensive delegations, visits to the European Court of Human Rights have been organised annually.

 

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