Justice Ministry floats economic crimes legal overhaul

It is necessary to conduct an audit that would assess factors that negatively impact efficient progress of the criminal cases on economic and financial crimes, said the Justice Ministry in an informative report delivered to the Cabinet of Ministers June 25, reported the LETA newswire.

The ministry calls on the Cabinet of Ministers to make a decision on asking the State Audit Office to conduct the audit and provide recommendations on the necessary improvements.

LETA learned from the ministry that the ministry has already consulted with the State Audit Office and has agreed with the Interior Ministry and the Financial Ministry on the necessity of such an audit.

The ministry explained that it is important to take into consideration opinions and recommendations of different international organizations about Latvia’s judicial system. However, these assessments have been aimed at analysis of separate parts of processes, therefore the ministry believes that a comprehensive analysis of the whole process of criminal investigation and trying is necessary.

As reported, Justice Minister Janis Bordans (New Conservative Party) announced in February that an in-depth audit of the judicial system would be carried out to better define the future priorities of the judiciary. The planned audit will be a part of the in-depth audit of the whole judicial system.

The prosecution of economic crimes, corruption and fraud in Latvia has a reputation for being painfully slow, with several high-profile cases involving wealthy individuals taking years to work their way through the courts, which in turn reduces public confidence in the system.


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