There are four standards for modern court management – efficiency, speed, quality and comprehensibility, and it is important to level these standards in all courts in the country, as said the Chief Justice Aigars Strupiss when addressing the chairs and deputy-chairs of courts.

On January 18, a series of seminars on court administration and case management were commenced at the Latvian Judicial Training Centre. The chairs and deputy chairs of courts analyzed the results of research on the work of Latvian courts and discussed what a chair of a court can do to improve the organization of court work.

When describing the modern requirements for the management of a court, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court emphasized that court today is very different from court from 20-30 years ago – the functions are the same, but requirements of court work are different. It is not enough for a chair of a court to distribute cases and administer a court in a fairly reasonable way; today much more is expected from the chair of the court. “Today, the chair of the court must ensure what the public expects from the court, namely – efficiency, speed, quality and comprehensibility. And one can no longer hide from it by referring to the independence of the court,” pointed out Aigars Strupiss.

Another aspect addressed by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court is the need for a dialogue among the chairs of courts with the aim of making the administration of courts as unified as possible in order to keep the bar of standards at the same level in all courts. The issue was also discussed in the Judicial Council, and it was concluded that the Council should promote this dialogue and communication.

Anita Zikmane, Head of the Division of Case-law and Research of the Supreme Court, participated in the discussion on the role of a judge as a head of court proceedings and the role of a chair of a court in this regard. She presented the conclusions of a working group chaired by the Supreme Court in assessing the causes of the length of proceedings.

Senator Aija Branta, who is Latvia's representative in the Council of Europe's Working Group on Judicial Efficiency, presented the tools and instruments developed by the CEPEJ, which are already used or could be used to improve the management of courts and cases.

The lecturers of the first day of the seminar were also representatives of the Council of Sworn Advocates, the Prosecutor's Office and the Court Administration. Discussions on remote work in the judiciary will continue tomorrow. The chairs and deputy-chairs of courts will continue meetings in February as a follow-up to the seminar, and a one-day seminar will also be held for judges and judge assistants.

The programme of the seminar has been prepared and implemented by the Latvian Judicial Training Centre, funded by the Council of Europe and co-financed by the Court Administration.

 

 

Information prepared by

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

E-mail: rasma.zvejniece@at.gov.lv, telephone: +371 67020396, +371 28652211