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BEST PRACTICE GUIDE FOR MANAGING SUPREME COURTS

Best practice guide for managing Supreme Courts is a result of the project Supreme Courts as guarantee for effectiveness of judicial systems in the European Union.

The research project focused on the following questions, all related to the management of the Supreme Courts:

1.      How can Supreme Courts contribute to legal certainty, consistency and transparency of the law?

2.      How can the Supreme Courts' management be improved and backlogs be reduced in order to guarantee an effective and timely protection of rights?

3.      How can the Supreme Courts' communication strategies with the public be improved?

4.      What is the role of the Supreme Courts in the work of the national Councils for the Judiciary?

 

Best practice guide for managing Supreme Courts here

 

Closing Conference for the Project – 21 April

On 21 April 2017, the closing conference for the project “Supreme Courts as guarantee for effectiveness of judicial systems in European Union” will be held at 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. The reports will be presented by researchers of the Universities of Ljubljana and Antwerp. The special guests – 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 Judge of the Supreme Administrative Court of the Czech Republic, Legal Scholar Mr Zdeněk Kühn, and others will give speeches.

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.

We are waiting for your applications until 14 April by e-mail janis.supe@at.gov.lv).

The conference will proceed into two parts: the plenary session in the Great Hall from 9.30 am to 1 pm, then there will be work of two parallel sections from 2 pm to 4 pm.

Conference programme

 

MORE ABOUT THE PROJECT

The Supreme Court of Latvia is managing the project “Supreme Courts as guarantee for effectiveness of judicial systems in European Union” since June 2016. The project is funded by the European Commission's Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers.

The Supreme Court has an important role in the development of national judicial system. It should set an example - both by adopting fair, high quality and valuable legal rulings, as well as ensuring effective, development oriented judicial organization – on July 12, during the opening the European Commission funded project “Supreme Courts as guarantee for effectiveness of judicial systems in the European Union” said Sandra Lapina, Head of the Administration of the Supreme Court of Latvia.

 

Objectives of the project

  • Increasing administrative capacity of the Supreme Court
  • Improving work organization of the Court
  • Improving transparency of judicial work
  • Raising trust of civil society in judiciary

 

The project analyzes the performance of the Supreme Courts of the European Union in four areas

  • Work of the Divisions of Research of the Supreme Courts of the European Union
  • General work organization of the Supreme Court with a view to reduce procedural deadlines
  • Communication with public
  • Work of the Councils for the Judiciary

 

Project activities

  • Survey of Supreme Courts of the European Union and compilation of good practices in “Guidelines for managing Supreme Courts
  • Study visits – employees of the Supreme Court have the opportunity to visit and get a new experience in Supreme Courts of Lithuania, Spain and Hungary, as well as in the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg
  • International Conference in Riga, 21 April 2017, during which results of the project will be presented and discussed

 

Project partners

  • The project is led by the Supreme Court of Latvia
  • With participation of Supreme Courts of Lithuania, Spain and Hungary, and Universities of Antwerp (Belgium) and Ljubljana (Slovenia).

 

More about project activities:

The first meeting of the working party of the international project is held in the Supreme Court (13.07.2016)

Within the framework of international project, experience is being shared about publishing of court rulings, data bases and cooperation with universities (27.10.2016)

Sharing Experiences on the Role of the Supreme Courts in Work of the Councils for the Judiciary, in Public Education and in Reduction of Time Limit for Proceedings (28.11.2016)

Employees of the Supreme Court participate in discussions and gain experience in the European Court of Justice (18.01.2017)

The President of the European Court of Justice welcomes the cooperation of the National Supreme Courts (25.01.2017)

 

 

 

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