Judicial settlement of civil disputes after the end of the emergency situation

11.06.2020 Dmitrijs Sustovs, head of the Litigation department of the Law

A special legal regime has expired in Latvia – the emergency situation regime, and together with it has lapsed the special law regulating the activities of state institutions, including the courts, during the emergency situation related to the distribution of Covid-19.

At the same time, the law “Covid-19 Infection Management Law” came into force, which aims to restore the general legal order in the country after the end of the state of emergency situation and gradually restore people’s lives and work of state institutions to normal.

This law stipulates that a number of restrictions aimed at reducing the risk of the spread of infection continue to operate during the transition period.

In particular, the courts continue to hear civil cases in written proceedings, if it is possible to ensure the observance of the procedural rights of the parties, the court did not consider it necessary to hear the case at a court hearing.

Thus, the courts continue to work, and during the transitional period, the law gives the courts the right to independently choose the type of civil proceedings (written or oral).

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