On Wednesday, November 16, the Supreme Court was visited by Diana Wallis, the president of the European Law Institute.

In the Supreme Court the president of the European Law Institute met with Dzintra Amerika and Rudite Vidusa, the judges of the Department of Administrative Cases, and Anita Zikmane, the Head of the Division of Case-law and Research. There was a discussion on similarities and differences in the operation of the British and Latvian Supreme Courts. It was with humor concluded that the situation of Latvia was fundamentally different, as compared to the UK Supreme Court. Out of 11 judges only one was female judge in the UK Supreme Court. Diana Wallis was interested if it was expected to introduce e-files as well as operation with other technological developments in the court.

Diana Wallis introduced judges with the operation principles and areas of interest of the European Law Institute. It is an independent institution that brings together more than 1,300 members, both individuals and institutions, including several supreme courts. The Institute is used as a discussion platform for alternative pan-European legislative projects, such as in the sphere of mediation, Digital Single Market regulation. Institute is participating not only in the projects of the European Union, but also those of the Council of Europe, UNIDROIT and others. Diana Wallis also invited interested parties from Latvia to consider possibility of joining European Law Institute as an observer or an active member.

Diana Wallis was introduced to the existent and historic rooms of the Supreme Court as well as to the museum. She showed a special interest in the sources and codification history of the Latvian Civil Code. Such interest is justified by both her former experience as lawyer and the fact that, as the Member of the European Parliament for over 12 years, she has actively participated in number of legislative initiative projects relating to private international law.

While visiting Riga, the president of the European Law Institute also participated in the opening of International Scientific Conference of the Faculty of Law of the University of Latvia and on November 17 she participated in the discussion on the development of mediation in Latvia organized within the framework of the European Social Fund Project "Justice for Development" by the Ministry of Justice and the Administration of Justice.

 

Information prepared by

Anita Zikmane,the Head of the Division of Case-law and Research

E-mail: anita.zikmane@at.gov.lv, telephone: 67020352