Report on Covid-19 Legal Ramifications in Latvia’s Courts
The Minister of Justice J.Bordans has guidelines for notes, which stipulate that and the possibilities of providing court services are available or further disproportionate burden would be caused to the court, service providers after prior registration, in this case records of service recipients (name, surname, contact phone) to identify and alert contacts in case of Covid-19 infection. That information shall be kept for 14 days, at the end of this period, it must be destroyed.
It should also be noted that today technology is well developed and a variety of media are available on how to pass information to the court or how the court passes information to the parties. It is possible for the participants of the case to provide the case materials by sending them by e-mail or via Latvian Post. The parties have the right to provide a written answer, affidavit or other evidence.
Not only in the courts, but also in other areas, employees face situations they have never encountered. It is a new challenge and a duty for everyone to fight them and to ensure that the rights of individuals are not violated. The coronavirus has impacted many aspects of law, business, and people’s daily lives. How will some of these legal issues play out in court? It’s too soon to say, but eventually—probably over multiple years—time will tell.