Latvian government has confirmed information regarding the organization of Latvia’s court justice system’s assessment.
This includes the evaluation of court processes in the fields of insolvency and commerce to help determine the current situation and come up with recommendations for the system’s future development, says Justice Ministry’s representative Liva Rancane.
Such an assessment using funding from the European Social Fund will be performed in Latvia for the first time.
The assessment will be performed by representatives of foreign organizations: Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, International Monetary Fund and European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice.
‘When picking organizations to perform the assessment, we took into account their experience in court activities, commercial and insolvency fields, as well as their cooperation with Latvia,’ notes Justice Ministry.
The planned costs of the evaluation are estimated at EUR 450,000. It will be financed by the European Social Fund. The assessment will be carried out as part of the project For the Development of Justice. The goal of this project is ensuring the field of justice contributes to economic development and attraction of investments.
The assessment will result in recommendations for future development of Latvia’s court justice system. Surveys, data analysis and visits of experts from the aforementioned organizations to Latvia will take place as well, Justice Ministry explains.
The ministry notes that the assessment itself will consist of three parts: Latvia’s court system, insolvency regulation and commercial rights environment’s assessment. It will be an objective study of Latvia’s court justice system to help determine efficiency of existing processes and situation, as well as identify possible solutions for further improvements.
Court justice system’s assessment
This section will review activities of court institutions, including people that are part of the system, its administration and involvement of institutions that take part in the development of the court system’s policy and strategy.
‘Assessment of the court system will be as though a reference point that will help assess results achieved by reforms and establish new challenges based on results. This assessment will help draw a new development direction for the court system. It will be used as the basis for development of future policies and necessary changes to regulations,’ the ministry notes.
Justice Ministry has been improving the court system since 2005. ‘In cooperation with the Court Administration we have introduced modern technologies from the Latvian-Swiss cooperation programme’s Court Modernization in Latvia project to help draw the future vision for the court system and develop activities for the development of the system in the future,’ the ministry notes.
Assessment of insolvency regulations
Assessment of the insolvency regulation is part of the court justice system’s overall assessment.
During this assessment, the insolvency field will be viewed as part of the court justice system in the context of work performed by the court system. Currently the insolvency field is governed by the Insolvency Policy Development guidelines, which were developed in 2016.
‘Different opinions have been voiced so far in relation to the development of the insolvency field in Latvia. With that, it is necessary to come up with an assessment procedure that would look at the insolvency field as a whole, identify problems in the field and evaluate results of reforms and how they affect development,’ Justice Ministry explains.
Assessment of commercial rights regulations
Assessment of the justice system also provides for the evaluation of Latvia’s commercial rights regulations.
The ministry emphasizes that up until now work groups and discussions with experts have helped identify the more problematic aspects of Latvia’s commercial rights environment.
‘Assessment of the commercial rights regulations will help identify strong and weak sides of the Law on Commerce, as well as the quality of service provided by the court justice system and the necessary improvements.’
Justice Ministry believes it is necessary to make the commercial policy progressive and adaptable to the modern and ever-changing commercial environment.