On 7 November, Zane Petersone, the judge of the Chamber of Civil Cases of the Supreme Court, conducted training on application of mediation in civil proceedings to judges in Riga regional court.

As organizers of training – the Riga regional court and Latvian Judicial Training Centre – inform, the goal of the training was to explain, what is the best way to recommend use of mediation in civil cases. In accordance with amendments to the Civil Procedure Law such obligation shall be imposed on courts as from 1 January 2015.  

Training on mediation process was organised in premises of Riga regional court in presence of judges of the Judicial Panel of Civil Cases of Riga regional court, and training to other Latvian judges in its turn was organised using opportunities provided by videoconferencing equipment.  

In accordance with the Mediation Law, mediation is a process of voluntary cooperation, in which parties involved in a dispute try to come to mutually acceptable agreement regarding solution of their dissents through a mediator. Mediation may be used to solve dissents in out-of-court procedure, and in court proceedings.

The Mediation Law was adopted on 22 May 2014. The judge Zane Petersone has participated in elaboration of the Mediation Law and has been a representative of Latvia in the European Association of judges to mediation.

 

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