In order to limit the spread of Covid-19 and reduce social contacts, from 21 October to 14 November, individuals' access to court will be largely ensured remotely, ensuring the continuity of the judiciary and the individual's right to a fair trial.
The Ministry of Justice informs that during the period from 21 October to 14 November of this year, the courts shall make maximum use of the written process or review the cases remotely. In cases where the hearing of the case linked to a significant violation of personal rights and objective urgency, and it is not possible to ensure the hearing of the case either by written procedure or remotely by videoconference, the case shall be heard in person. At the same time, the Ministry of Justice emphasizes that the examination of the case in person takes place in compliance with the epidemiological safety requirements specified in the regulatory enactments. On the other hand, if it is not possible to ensure the hearing of the case by written procedure or remotely and the issue is not related to a significant violation of personal rights and objective urgency, the hearing of the case shall be postponed during this period.
In case of any doubts, the Ministry of Justice encourages the parties to contact the court. Contact information of all Latvian courts can be found on the portal www.tiesas.lv.
During the emergency situation, the work of the courts shall be organized in accordance with the Cabinet of Ministers order of 9 October 2021 No. 720 “Regarding Declaration of the Emergency Situation” and the amendments thereto of 20 October 2021.