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National Correspondent
Aija BRANTA
Judge of the Constitutional Court Alunana Street No. 1
LV-RIGA 1010
+371 78 30 770/738
+371 78 30 770
Aija.Branta@at.gov.lv
 
Agnija KARLSONE
External Relation Officer
The Court Administration
Mukasalas Str. 416
LV-1004 RIGA
+371 706 38 07
 agnija.karlsone@ta.gov.lv
     
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Silva REINHOLDE
President
Regional Court
Kurmajas Prospekets 2/4/6
3401 LIEPAJA
silva.reinholde@tiesas.lv

Svetlana BELAJEVA
President
COURT OF JURMALA CITY
Zigfrida Meierovica Prospekts 1A
2015 DUBULTI
svetlana.belajeva@tiesas.lv

     
Evaluation Exercise
     
Translations of CEPEJ documents :

 

Guidelines on the Creation of Judicial Maps to Support Access to Justice within a Quality Judicial System -> EIROPAS TIESU SISTEMU EFEKTIVITATES KOMISIJA(CEPEJ) - TIESU SISTEMAS KVALITATES DARBA GRUPA(CEPEJ-GT-QUAL) - (CEPEJ(2013)7)

Handbook for conducting satisfaction surveys aimed at Court users in Council of Europe's member States -> EIROPAS TIESU SISTEMU EFEKTIVITATES KOMISIJA (CEPEJ) - ROKASGRAMATA TIESAS KLIENTU APMIERINATIBAS NOVERTEŠANAS VEIKŠANAI EIROPAS PADOMES DALIBVALSTIS (CEPEJ(2010)1)

Checklist for promoting the quality of justice and the courts -> EIROPAS TIESU SISTEMU EFEKTIVITATES KOMISIJA (CEPEJ) - Raditaju saraksts tiesnešu un tiesu sistemas darbibas kvalitates uzlabošanai (CEPEJ(2008)2)

CEPEJ guidelines on judicial statistics (GOJUST) -> EIROPAS TIESU SISTEMU EFEKTIVITATES KOMISIJA(CEPEJ) / CEPEJ VADLINIJAS TIESU STATISTIKAI (GOJUST) (CEPEJ (2008)11)

Saturn guidelines for judicial time management -> EIROPAS TIESU SISTEMU EFEKTIVITATES KOMISIJA(CEPEJ) - SATURN VADLINIJAS LIETU IZSKATIŠANAS LAIKA PLANOŠANAI (CEPEJ(2008)8Rev)

Guidelines for a better implementation of the existing Recommendation on alternatives to litigation between administrative authorities and private parties -> EIROPAS TIESU SISTEMU EFEKTIVITATES KOMISIJA(CEPEJ) - VADLINIJAS REKOMENDACIJU ALTERNATIVAM STRIDU RISINAŠANAI STARP IESTADI UN PRIVATPERSONU LABAKAI IEVIEŠANAI (CEPEJ(2007)15)

 Guidelines for a better implementation of the existing recommendation concerning family mediation and mediation in civil matters - VADLINIJAS REKOMENDACIJU MEDIACIJAI GIMENES LIETAS UN CIVILLIETAS LABAKAI IEVIEŠANAI - Ievads (CEPEJ(2007)14)

Guidelines for a better implementation of the existing recommendation concerning mediation in penal matters -> EIROPAS TIESU SISTEMU EFEKTIVITATES KOMISIJA (CEPEJ) - VADLINIJAS REKOMENDACIJU PAR MEDIACIJU KRIMINALLIETAS LABAKAI IEVIEŠANAI (CEPEJ(2007)13)

Compendium of “best practices” on time management of judicial proceedings -> EIROPAS TIESU SISTEMU EFEKTIVITATES KOMISIJA (CEPEJ) - „Labas prakses” par laika vadibu tiesvediba apkopojums (CEPEJ(2006)13)

Time management checklist (Checklist of indicators for the analysis of lengths of proceedings in the justice system)
EIROPAS TIESU SISTEMU EFEKTIVITATES KOMISIJA(CEPEJ) - LAIKA VADIBAS KONTROLJAUTAJUMU SARAKSTS(Raditaju saraksts tiesas procesu ilguma analizei tiesu sistema) (CEPEJ(2005)12Rev)

A new objective for judicial systems: the processing of each case within an optimum and foreseeable timeframe - Framework Programme  -> EIROPAS TIESU SISTEMU EFEKTIVITATES KOMISIJA(CEPEJ) - Jauns merkis tiesu sistemam: ikvienas lietas izskatišana optimala un paredzama laika (CEPEJ (2004) 19 REV 2)

 

     
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    www.likumi.lv

    www.mk.gov.lv

    www.saima.lv

    www.vestnesis.lv

    www.ttc.lv

    www.pro.nais.lv

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    www.tiesas.lv

    www.at.gov.lv

    www.satv.tiesa.gov.lv

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Recent developments in the judicial field

Peer’s evaluation of the Latvian system for judicial statistics (14-15 November 2013)
Report

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RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN LATVIA SINCE JUNE 2013
I. On September 2013 amendments to the law „On Judicial Power” came into force, adding a new section to the law „On the management of the lenght of proceedings in court”. Law stipulates that the Chief judge of the court, prior to the begining of each calendar year, in cooperation with the judges of the court plans and defines the objectives of the court’s activities regarding the average time of hearing cases in court (the standart for hearing) and supervises the actual terms of hearing.
Law also stipulates that chief judge has the authority to verify the compliance with the procedural terms in the cases in the adjudication by a judge, to give orders to a judge in connection with the organisation of a judge’s work. If a judge, without reasonable grounds, fails to perform necessary procedural actions to ensure that a case is heard within reasonable time, as well as in cases, if the term planned by the judge does not ensure hearing of the case within reasonable time, the chief judge may: (1) impose an appropriate term upon the judge, within which, considering the circumstances of the case, the respective procedural action must be performed; (2) re-allocate cases to judges in accordance with case allocation plan.
II. To promote uniform practice in aplying the aforementioned amendments to the Law, the Ministry of Jutice has elaborated metodological material for chief judges of courts – Guidelines for setting standart lenght of proceedings. The Guidelines was elaborated, taking into consideration SATURN Guidelines for Judicial Time Management as well as the study conducted by the European Network of Councils of the Judiciary „Judicial Reform in Europe – Part II. 2012-2013”.

European Day of Civil Justice
Traditionally, as every year, first year students of legal programmes of the higher educational institutes, teachers and group of schoolchildren come to guided tours to the Supreme Court. During those visits they were introduced of the work of court system, with the duties of judges and court staff, as well as with the work of communication and IT specialists. They have been provided an opportunity to get acquainted with the museum of the Supreme Court, to walk over the Palace of Justice and to see how cases have been herd.

 

Satisfaction surveys

EVALUATION BY COURT CLIENTS – THE ROAD TO IMPROVING FUNCTIONING OF COURTS
2010 Research on court functioning evaluation
Overview of conducting research and survey results
Latvija, Riga, 2011 -> Version anglaise / version lettone

 

IEKŠEJO KLIENTU APTAUJA: DARBA VIDES UN DARBA APSTAKLU
NOVERTEJUMS PETIJUMA REZULTATU ZINOJUMS
PETIJUMA PASUTITAJS: NODIBINAJUMS
„LATVIJAS TIESNEŠU MACIBU CENTRS” [in Latvian]

Organisational chart of the system of justice