On Monday, September 21, the Supreme Court held a webinar on the organization of court work during the pandemic. The webinar was attended by more than 90 judges from all levels of Ukrainian courts. The event was organized within the project “Use of e-Solutions in the Management of Court Work and Processes in Ukraine during the COVID-19 Crisis” in cooperation with the Court Administration, the Supreme Court of Ukraine and the State Judicial Administration of Ukraine.

Veronika Krumina, Chair of the Department of Administrative Cases of the Supreme Court, Jautrite Briede, Senator of the Department of Administrative Cases, and Anita Zikmane, Head of the Division of Case-law and Research, introduced Ukrainian colleagues with the Latvian experience. Veronika Krumina informed about the organization of the work of the Department of Administrative Cases during the pandemic, the peculiarities of organizing remote court hearings and meetings, the use of electronic signatures and other issues. Senator Jautrite Briede presented the case-law of the Supreme Court on the issues of legal regulation related to COVID-19, as well as information on the experience of Lithuanian and Estonian courts in the organization of work during the pandemic. In turn, Anita Zikmane provided an insight into the general legal framework of the pandemic period in Latvia, as well as Latvia's experience in ensuring human rights in criminal proceedings during the COVID-19 crisis. The participants of the webinar also answered the questions of their Ukrainian colleagues, for example, the ones regarding the changes in the organization of working time, technologies used in the organization of remote court hearings, identification of participants in remote court proceedings, use of various protective measures in courts.

As reported, the Supreme Court has launched the project "Use of e-Solutions in the Management of Court Work and Processes in Ukraine during the COVID-19 Crisis". The project application developed jointly by the Supreme Court Administration and the Court Administration has received support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' Development Cooperation Grant Project Competition. The aim of the project is to share with the colleagues of the Supreme Court of Ukraine and the State Judicial Administration of Ukraine the experience of using e-solutions in court work and process management during the COVID-19 crisis, putting special emphasis on e-elections, working time accounting and crisis management.

The project has received funding in 2020 from the Development Cooperation Budget administered by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

 

Information prepared by

Janis Supe, Project Manager of the Supreme Court

E-mail: janis.supe@at.gov.lv