Most believe the courts are crooked

More than half of people in Latvia believe that courts do not hear cases in a fair and impartial way, a survey released January 8 by the SKDS research center shows.

The poll, which was conducted in January, reveals that 55.3 percent of respondents disagree with the position that legal processes in Latvia are fair, with 33.1 percent of respondents tending to disagree and 22.2 percent strongly disagreeing with this opinion.

Slightly more than a fifth of respondents were more optimistic about Latvia’s justice system, as 18.8 percent tended to agree that legal processes in Latvia are fair and just 2.3 percent voicing full confidence in the fairness of Latvian courts.

Another 23.7 percent of the surveyed people had no definitive position on the issue.

Faith in the court system is low, with strange verdicts and a series of corruption scandals involving judges undermining the prestige of the legal system, while it is a common assumption that rich and poor have very different experiences of the court system.

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