On Wednesday, 13 April, the Supreme Court in cooperation with the Council for the Judiciary organises the annual Media Day. Representatives of Latvian media, who write on issues related to justice, are kindly invited to participate therein.   

On the Media Day, journalists will be presented the strategy for communication of courts. The purpose of the strategy is to facilitate more efficient cooperation between courts and media. As the Council for the Judiciary elaborated the strategy or communication in cooperation with the Judicial Ethics’ Committee, it will be presented to journalists on Media Day by Dzintra Balta, the deputy Chair of the Judicial Ethics’ Committee and the deputy Chair of Riga regional court.   

“For the purpose of cooperation between courts and media, democracy may be expressed in different ways – as reflection of judicial proceedings in media to protect public rights, and, at the same time, as individual’s right to privacy and fair trial. Therefore, we would like to familiarise representatives of media with information, which may help journalists in work with courts,” Ivars Bickovics, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, stresses.

However, in practical day of the Media Day Aija Branta, the judge of the Department of Criminal Cases of the Supreme Court, will speak on such the urgent topic, as policy of penalties in criminal cases. What aspects have been observed by the courts, when determining the punishment to the accused? What are the functions of the punishment? Why does not the punishment imposed by the court sometimes meet expectations of the society? – these and other issues urgent for the society will be discussed.

At the end of the event, journalists will have an opportunity to ask additional questions to Spokespersons of the Media Day, and then those interested will be provided an opportunity to visit the museum of the Supreme Court.    

The Media Day will be held in the Supreme Court.  


Information prepared by

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

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