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Courts in Legal Culture Space

Time and venue of the Conference

April 14, 2014, the Great Hall of the University of Latvia

Organizers of the Conference

The Supreme Court in cooperation with the Ministry of Justice, the Faculty of Law of the University of Latvia and journal „Jurista Vards” 

Participants

Judges, assistants and advisers of administrative courts, courts of general jurisdiction and the Constitutional Court; the Council for the Judiciary and institutions associated with legal system; the Legal Bureau of the Saeima (Parliament; lecturers and students of higher educational institutions; advocates; notaries; bailiffs; lawyers of ministries and other public administration institutions; non-governmental organizations; representatives of media

Programme of the Conference

OPENING SPEECHES

Acquiring of pure grain from bad winnower is impossible

  • Ivars BICKOVICS, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court

Trust in courts is a matter of collective responsibility 

  • Kristine STRADA-ROZENBERGA, the Dean of the Faculty of Law of the University of Latvia

​​COURTS AND POLITICIANS

Moderator Veronika KRUMINA, the Chair of the Department of Administrative Cases of the Supreme Court

Relations between courts and politicians – insight into history (presentation in Latvian)

  • Dr.iur. Janis PLEPS, the senior adviser of the Legal Bureau of the Saeima, the Head of the Department of Theory of Law and Historical Sciences of the Faculty of Law of the University of Latvia

Dynamics of relations between Latvian legislator and courts: politician’s view (presentation in Latvian)

  • Lolita CIGANE, the member of the 11th Saeima

Interaction of branches of power in law governed state

  • Dr.h.c. Egils LEVITS, the judge of the Court of Justice of the European Union

Reflection of quality and quantity of legislation in courts’ work

  • Gunārs KUSINS, the judge of the Constitutional Court

COURTS and MEDIA

Moderator Dina GAILITE, editor-in chief of the journal “Jurista Vards” (presentation in Latvian)

Judge’s work in the limelight of media and society (presentation in Latvian)

  • Anita KOVALEVSKA, judge of the Administrative regional court, doctoral student at the University of Latvia

Margins of criticism of courts – standards of the European Convention of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms and practice of Latvia

  • Dr. iur. Martins MITS, Pro-rector of the Riga Graduate School of Law

Publishing of case-law as one of instruments of openness of a court

  • Dr. iur. Irena KUCINA, Deputy State Secretary on Court Issues of the Ministry of Justice

Significance of media quality in reflecting of work of courts (presentation in Latvian)

  • Dr. sc. soc. Anda ROZUKALNE, the Head of the Department of Communication Studies of the Faculty of communication of Riga Stradins University

COURTS AND SOCIETY

Moderator Arvids DRAVNIEKS, the Head of the work group on elaboration of the Administrative Procedure Law, the Director of the Public Law Institute

Why society is disposed critically towards courts (presentation in Latvian)

  • Dr. sc. pol. Janis IKSTENS, the Director of the Institute of Social and Political Studies of the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Latvia

The judge in cross-fire of public criticism

  • Dr. iur. Jautrite BRIEDE, the judge of the Department of Administrative Cases of the Supreme Court, the Professor of the Faculty of Law of the University of Latvia

Alternative methods of prevention and resolution of disputes as opportunity of making court more effective (presentation in Latvian)

  • Dr. iur. Gatis LITVINS, the Director of the Institute of Notaries, editor of the journal “Jurista Vārds” in judicial issues

Quality of legal education as condition of functioning of law governed and democratic state (theses in Latvian)

  • Baiba BROKA, the Minister of Justice

MATERIALS OF THE CONFERENCE

ABOUT THE CONFERENCE