First-ever State Audit at prosecutor's office begins

For the first time in Latvia's history, State Audit office carries out a separate audit at the prosecutor's office, Ilze Grīnhofa, Member of the State Audit Board, said in an interview to Latvian Radio September 9.

She said State Audit was investigating how effectively the prosecutor's office spent its resources. “Here we are talking about how the prosecutor's office is managed as an institution and whether these resources have been used as effectively as possible,” the State Audit representative said.

Grīnhofa said State Audit was “enthusiastic” that it would succeed in making the necessary improvements to the prosecutor's office after that audit.

As regards the ongoing audit to identify the effectiveness of economic and financial offences in the field of investigation and adjudication, the State Audit representative acknowledged that this is a very large audit that evaluates the factors behind investigations and trials.

"What we are investigating in our audits is how the authorities cooperate with each other, whether the regulatory framework is sufficiently clear, and what, in general, are the factors hindering investigation. We know that investigations have been dragging on for a very long time, and we cannot reach these convictions, which have been referred to us by many foreign partners," Grīnhofa said.

State Audit shall assess whether the regulatory framework and its application ensure effective investigation and adjudication of criminal proceedings. The supervisory aspects of the Prosecutor's Office are also assessed.

It is too early to talk about the findings in the audit: they will be able to be discussed at the beginning of next year, Grīnhofa added.

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