15 February 2017

On 21 April 2017 the closing conference of the project “Supreme Courts as guarantee for effectiveness of judicial systems” managed by the Supreme Court of Latvia will be held in the Great Hall of the University of Latvia.

During the conference the project results will be presented on how to improve the work of the Supreme Courts and make it more efficient in four areas – reduction of time limit for adjudication of cases, use of the potential of Divisions of Research in adjudication of cases, ensuring better judicial communication, and finally – how to more actively work in the Councils for the Judiciary.

During the plenary session of the conference, the results of the project will be presented by researchers of the Universities of Ljubljana and Antwerp, including Professor Patricia Popelier and Professor Grega Strban. The special guests – the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Estonia, President of the Network of the Presidents of the Supreme Judicial Courts of the European Union Priit Pikamäe, the President of State President’s Commission for Legal Environment Improvement Aivars Endzins, and representative of the European Network of Councils for the Judiciary will present their reports. During the plenary session “Guidelines for managing Supreme Courts” will be officially presented. The guidelines will include good practices of organizational work of Supreme Courts of the EU Member States; it will also contain practical examples and recommendations.

In the afternoon, conference proceedings will take place in two parallel sections. Section “Managing the Supreme Courts and role of Divisions of Research" will be chaired by Professor Kristine Strada-Rozenberga, but the section “Communication of the Supreme Courts and their role in work of Councils for the Judiciary” will be chaired by the Advisor to State President, Professor of the Faculty of Law at the University of Latvia Mr Janis Pleps. The reports will be presented by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Mr Ivars Bickovics, Judge of the Supreme Administrative Court of the Czech Republic, Legal Scholar Mr Zdeněk Kühn, and the Head of the Office for Public Affairs of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Slovenia Mr Gregor Strojin, and others. Conference visitors will be able to participate in discussions and ask questions to speakers and authors of the “Guidelines for managing Supreme Courts”.

The working language of the conference will be the English language, with simultaneous translation into Latvian.

All participants will have a coffee break and receive handouts.

Judges, court staff, lawyers, students, academics, journalists and other interested persons are kindly invited to participate in the conference. Participation in the conference is free of charge.

We are waiting for your applications until 14 April by e-mail

Project “Supreme Courts as guarantee for effectiveness of judicial systems” led by the Supreme Court of the Republic of Latvia is being implemented since June 2016, and it has already gained positive feedback and assessment from the President of the European Court of Justice, and from the European Commission.


Conference programme

More about the project


Information prepared by

Rasma Zvejniece, the Head of the Division of Communication of the Supreme Court

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