Joining the European Judiciary

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Rapid changes in the economic and political life of the country, a change in the attitude towards property, processes of denationalization and privatization, differentiation of society and problems related to crime, reform of the courts and law, and other processes made the Supreme Court develop, requiring professional development from judges.

The most recent stage of development is linked to changes in the life of the country after joining the European Union. The court adjudication procedure is improved; the ability to interpret legal provisions in accordance with requirements of a democratic society, the legal foundations of the European Union and the European Court of Human Rights is mastered.

Following Latvia’s accession to the European Union, the cooperation between the Latvian Supreme Court and courts of other countries and international institutions has become more active; regular exchange of experience takes place among national supreme courts and specialists in a number of fields. The Supreme Court regularly organizes international conferences.

The Supreme Court of the republic of Latvia is a member of international organizations.

The Supreme Court is a member of the Network of the Supreme Judicial Courts of the European Union, founded in 2004. The aim of the Network – to facilitate exchange of opinion regarding case-law, organization and functions of supreme courts, in particular, their activities in applying the European Union law.

Since 2004, the Supreme Court of Latvia has been a member of the Association of State Councils and Supreme Administrative Courts of EU Member States. The association aims at mutual exchange of information and consultations regarding administrative procedures, organizing biannual joint colloquia, in the interim period conducting research that the members are interested in and organizing training.

The Supreme Court ensures the participation of the Council for the Judiciary in the European Network of Councils for the Judiciary. The decision on admitting the Latvian Council for the Judiciary into ENJC was taken by the General Assembly of the Association in 2011. ENJC unites EU member state institutions, which represent the judiciary and are independent from the legislator and the executive power.