On Tuesday, September 25, the Supreme Court of Latvia was visited by two groups of the representatives of the Supreme Court of Ukraine that are gaining experience in Latvia and have arrived in the framework of two different projects supported by the European Union.

Judges of the Supreme Court of Ukraine met with Ivars Bickovics, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, as well as with judges and legal research counsels from all departments in order to get acquainted with the work experience of the Supreme Court of Latvia, paying particular attention to the so-called "cassation filters". Latvian laws incorporate a fairly broad possibility to refuse to initiate criminal proceedings in order to reduce the backlog of cases. Each department has its own procedures, and over time they have evolved. Departments shared their experience of how and why these filters were increased. Ukrainian colleagues were particularly interested in the objections of the Constitutional Court against the practice of the Department of Criminal Cases of the Supreme Court to not to substantiate such refusals.

The judges of the Supreme Court of Ukraine have come to Latvia in the framework of the Twinning project “Strengthening the institutional capacity of the Supreme Court of Ukraine in the field of human rights protection at the national level". The visit was arranged by judge Jautrite Briede, who is currently working as a Twining project expert in the Supreme Court of Ukraine.

Whereas, the delegation of employees of the Supreme Court of Ukraine has arrived to Latvia in the framework of the project implemented by the Court Administration "Development of cooperation between Ukrainian and Latvian judicial authorities on the latest technologies in court administration”.

Ukrainian colleagues with interest listened to Sandra Lapina, the Head of the Administration of the Supreme Court, as well as heads of the Chancery and Aleksandrs Potaicuks, Legal Research Counsel to the Division of Case-law and Research, who shared their experiences on various aspects of the organization of work of 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: +371 67020396, +371 2865221