On 17 April, continuing the tradition, which was started last year, the Supreme Court invited both national and regional media  to Media Day in the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court invited journalists, who write articles and create broadcasts on justice.    

Ivars Bickovics, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, provided to journalists information on current topicality – reform of court system, passing over to clear three-level court system. In result of this reform, the Chambers have been liquidated in the Supreme Court and role of district (city courts) increases, when examining all cases at the first instance, and role of regional courts, when developing final case-law of the appellate courts. Observing the fact that term of office of Ivars Bickovics in the position of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court expires in June, he provided to journalists a report performance in seven years, and marked the most important tasks for following five years, which he will promote if being re-elected to the office of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. The Chief Justice pointed out that all stressed tasks – strengthening of role of the Council for the Judiciary, the respectful end of reform of the Supreme Court, reduction of accumulation of cases, strategy of communication of judiciary and responsibility of judges for reputation of court system – these are commenced appropriate processes, which should be continued.

Observing positive feedback about practical part of the last-year Media Day,  when journalists  were provided information, which might be useful in their work, this year Edite Vernusa, the discharger of duties of the Chair of the Department of Civil Cases, presented topical issues of case-law of the Department of Civil Cases in claims filed against media on defamation and interference with private life. Journalists appreciated this information very much.  

The Division of Communication, in turn, took the journalists on short “guided tour” over the web site of the Supreme Court, showing sections, which might be useful in journalists’ work, when writing not only about justice, but also on other topics.  Journalists considered classifiers of case-law rulings and compilations of court decisions to be useful. They were also interested in opportunity to follow proceedings in some particular case on the web site www.tiesas.lv.

At the end of the day, guided tour to the museum of the Supreme Court and over the Palace of Justice followed.  

The Supreme Court appreciates responsiveness of media for the Media Day, in particular, of those journalists from regional newspapers, who participated in the Media Day repeatedly.    Observing interest of media about such way of cooperation, the Media Day becomes tradition.  

 

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