20 January, 2015
To prepare the second research report of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development(OECD), which includes questions related to system of justice, experts of this organisation – Tatyana Teplova and Chloe Lelievre visited the Supreme Court on January 20.
First, experts interviewed members of the Judicial Ethics Commission – Dace Mita, the judge of the Supreme Court and Anita Kovalevska, the judge of the Administrative regional court.
Further, experts were interested in questions related to the Council for the Judiciary and the Supreme Court, and answers to questions were provided by Inara Garda, the deputy Chair of the Council for the Judiciary, the judge of the Supreme Court, and Sandra Lapina, the Head of the Administration of the Supreme Court.
Experts’ questions concerned role of the Council for the Judiciary in issues related to judicial careers and development of court system, development of a budget of courts, inter alia, the Supreme Court, interrelation between the Council for the Judiciary and legislator and the executive power, access to court for aliens, training of judges, etc.
Accession of Latvia to OECD has been the most important priority of Latvia for a long time. In 2013, OECD began negotiations on accession with Latvia, and several study visits of experts take place within this framework, so that it would be possible to assess position of a candidate state.
OECD has been interstate organisation founded in 1961, which includes 34 the most developed countries of the world, including 21 Member States of the European Union. OECD actively cooperates with approximately 70 countries of the world, which have different levels of economic development, as well as with non-governmental organisations, private sector and academic institutions, to promote economic equality and promulgation of principles of open free market.
Information prepared by
Rasma Zvejniece, the Head of the Division of Communication of the Supreme Court
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