The European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice

“Evaluation of the Latvian judicial system”

Project's objective


To strengthen the independence, efficiency and quality of the Latvian judicial system through the application of the tools and methodology of the European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ).


Expected results


The overall performance of the Latvian judicial system is assessed, in particular as regards its independence, efficiency and quality. Targeted recommendations for improvement are formulated in the assessment report and discussed with relevant authorities.


Main activities


  •  Collection and analysis of qualitative and quantitative indicators on the functioning of the judicial system and on independence of the judiciary, based on relevant information submitted by the Latvian authorities and data available within the CEPEJ evaluation cycle.

  •  Visits of a team of CEPEJ experts to present the tools and methodology developed by CEPEJ, discuss the data collected with the national authorities and meet court representatives and representatives of other institutions involved in order to get a better insight of the overall performance of the judicial system;

  •  Developing of an overall assessment report including recommendations for further reforms and measures to strengthen the independence, efficiency and quality of the Latvian judicial system.

  •  Translation, publication and dissemination of the CEPEJ assessment report.

  •  Conference presenting the conclusions and recommendations of the report in Latvia in presence of the CEPEJ expert team etc.


Project beneficiaries and stakeholders


The main partner is the Court Administration of Latvia. The Ministry of Justice, the Supreme Court, the Council for the Judiciary and other justice sector stakeholders will be involved in the project.
The project is financed by Latvia, through funds coming from the European Social Fund.





CEPEJ and Court Administration of Latvia launch a co-operation project in view of a comprehensive evaluation of the judicial system

On 21 February 2017 Mr. Edvins Balševics, Director of the Court Administration of Latvia, and Mrs Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni, Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe, signed an agreement on funding the Project “Evaluation of the Latvian judicial system”. Under this agreement, the CEPEJ and the Court Administration of Latvia will cooperate in view of strengthening the independence, efficiency and quality of the Latvian judiciary. In particular, CEPEJ will conduct an assessment of the overall performance of the national judicial system, applying its tools and methodology. The action will be implemented in the framework of the “Justice for Growth” Project, with the support of the European Social Fund. According to the “EU Justice Agenda 2020 – Strengthening Trust, Mobility and Growth within the Union”, justice policies should support economic recovery, growth and tackling unemployment. Latvian authorities pursue structural reforms needed to ensure that the justice system is capable of delivering swift, reliable and trustworthy justice, which would notably reduce the length of judicial proceedings, thereby supporting the effectiveness of other policies. The announced project should facilitate the implementation of the priorities assumed by the Ministry of Justice of Latvia for justice sector reforms.





Council of Europe: Leonid Antohi, Tel: +33 (0)3 90 21 49 65
Court Administration of the Republic of Latvia: Anna Skrjabina, Tel: + 371 25 67 09 82









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