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.

 

 

NEWS

 

Presentation of the Evaluation report of the Latvian judicial system by CEPEJ experts

The report “Evaluation of the Latvian judicial system” has been developed by a team of CEPEJ experts in cooperation with the Court Administration of Latvia, putting forward an expert view on the Latvian judicial system and the possible ways of improving judicial independence and self-governance, as well as the efficiency and the quality of courts. This report, as well as its main findings and recommendations, were discussed during a meeting on 6 and 7 February 2018 between the CEPEJ experts and representatives from the Ministry of Justice, the Council for the Judiciary and other judicial self-governing bodies, the Court Administration, and Latvian courts. On the one hand, the focus of these consultations was, on legislative, institutional and organisational measures which can improve the perception of judicial independence and the public trust in the court system and; on the other hand, on possible ways of increasing the efficiency of court management and the quality of judicial services. These consultations had two main areas of focus: firstly legislative, institutional and organisational measures which can improve the perception of judicial independence and the public trust in the court system. Secondly, participants considered possible ways of increasing the efficiency of court management and the quality of judicial services. As a result of the discussion, the report “Evaluation of the Latvian Judicial System” will be finalised and published soon. A broader presentation of the report, with the participation of CEPEJ experts, is envisaged to go ahead in April 2018.
Programme

 

In cooperation with the Court Administration of Latvia, CEPEJ organised a round table about “Court and judicial systems’ budget” and participated to the multilateral round table “Innovative Approach in Court Management for a Better Justice”, 7-9 November 2017, Riga
The round table “Court and judicial system budgets” was conducted on 7 November had as a goal to contribute to the on-going development of the court budget system in Latvia. Experts from France, Estonia, Finland, Ireland, the Netherlands and Italy took part in the activity and shared information on their national cases and different innovative ways to draw up and to manage the budgets of courts and of judicial systems, related challenges and good practices. The Court Administration of Latvia presented the current system of budgeting the courts and the envisaged changes. An exchange of opinions on the engaged reform was carried out in the concluding part of the event.
The round table “Innovative Approach in Court Management for a Better Justice”, conducted on 8-9 November 2017, was the initiative of the Ministry of Justice and Court Administration of Latvia, and was organised as part of the Project “Justice for Growth”, funded by the European Social Fund. It represented a forum for exchanges between court administrations of the European Union, Eastern Partnership and Central Asian countries. Participants from more than 20 countries discussed innovations in court management, related strategic approaches, introduction of modern technologies and improving the communication with the public. The CEPEJ representatives took part in the discussions and moderated the sessions on “Technologies in Court Management” and “Accessibility of Services and Cost-Effective Approach”.

Programme of the round table “Innovative Approach in Court Management for a Better Justice”

Programme of the round table “Court and judicial system budgets”

Programme of the Roundtable discussion Innovative Approach in Court Management for a Better Justice

Presentation “Court and judicial system budgets" (Latvia)

Presentation "Funding of the Dutch Judiciary Performance based budgeting"

Presentation "The Budget of the Courts and Judicial System in Ireland"

Presentation "Steering Systems, Strategic Steering and Performance Management in Finnish Context"

Presentation: "Steering Systems, Strategic Steering and Performance Management in Finnish Context"

Annual timetable for planning and reporting - Example from Finland

Presentation "The budget of the judiciary in Estonia"

The budget of the courts and judicial system in France

Picture gallery

 

Mission of CEPEJ experts to support increased efficiency and quality of the Latvian judicial system

A team of CEPEJ experts conducted a fact-finding mission to Latvia from 4 to 6 July 2017, in view of an evaluation of the Latvian judicial system. The mission launched the the co-operation between the CEPEJ and Latvian Court Administration, which is part of the project “Justice for Growth”, financed by the European Social Fund. Latvian authorities actively implement reforms of the justice sector, in the fields of the selection procedure of candidates, optimisation of the court map, simplification of judicial proceedings and enhancing the use of ICT. CEPEJ experts conducted discussions with representatives of the Ministry of Justice, of the Court Administration, of the Council for the Judiciary, of the Judicial Disciplinary, of the Qualifications and Ethics Committees, of the Judicial Training Centre, judges’ associations etc. They visited the Supreme Court of Latvia and Riga Regional Court. Based on the methodology and tools developed by the CEPEJ, the expert team will draw up an evaluation report including detailed recommendations on the way to further improve the independence of the judiciary, the efficiency of Latvian courts and the quality of their services.

 

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.

 


 

CEPEJ documents translated into Latvian 

 

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)

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

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)

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)

 

Contacts

  

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

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

CO-OPERATION

Albania

Azerbaijan

Croatia

Jordan

Kosovo*

Republic of Moldova

Morocco

Slovakia

Tunisia

Turkey

Ukraine

Eastern partnership

Targeted co-operation

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