A judge shall decide on the participation of representatives of the second country in a videoconference in a timely manner before the videoconference, contacting the applicant individually.
The judge shall decide all matters in accordance with the Law on Civil Procedure (Civilprocesa likums).
Pursuant to Section 122(1) of the Law on Civil Procedure, an expert may also be examined by using a video conference.
They are for the court to decide.
Each matter, each request for legal assistance shall be decided on individually assessing all aspects.
Pursuant to Section 152(3) of the Law on Civil Procedure, photography, filming or videotaping at a court hearing shall be allowed only with the permission of the court.
a) A court hearing shall take place in the official language - Latvian. A Latvian interpreter shall be provided by the country requesting a videoconference.
b) if the direct taking of evidence is taking place, then upon mutual agreement of the parties.
An interpreter shall be provided by the party requesting a videoconference. The interpreter shall be located in a court room.
A request for legal assistance shall be submitted in a timely manner, at least 60 days before the planned videoconference.
Time should be laid down before the planned videoconference for making a test connection.
When submitting a videoconference request, the technical parameters shall be indicated.
Pursuant to Section 716 of the Law on Civil Procedure, the costs incurred shall be covered from the funds of the state budget.
A court that executes the request of a foreign country for the taking of evidence shall notify the Ministry of Justice regarding the following costs of implementing the abovementioned request:
1) the amount of expenses to be disbursed to experts and interpreters;
2) the costs incurred when executing the request of a foreign country for the taking of evidence in accordance with the procedural procedures of the foreign country in the cases provided for in the law;
3) the costs incurred if the request of a foreign country for the taking of evidence upon a request of the competent authority of the foreign country has been carried out by use of technical means.
(3) The Ministry of Justice may request the competent authority of the foreign country to cover the costs provided for in the second paragraph of this Section.
A foreign country shall prepare the relevant information on informing the person.
A court shall verify the identity of the person pursuant to the provisions of the Law on Civil Procedure.
Such a procedure is not provided for by the Law on Civil Procedure. However, a foreign country may request the court to decide on the oath.
Before the date of a videoconference and before a test videoconference the parties concerned shall exchange the technical parameters and contact person details of the parties concerned, both those located in a court and the institution providing the technical assistance.
Technical information, the technical specification data are required.
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