No. 12




The development of Estonia’s legal order

14 December 2005


RiTo No. 12, 2005

  • Rein Lang

    First Vice-President of the Riigikogu, Estonian Reform Party

There has been little talk lately of the general development and problems of our justice system, which cannot be considered right, since the transition period in the formation of the national judicial system is far from over, but rather has passed into a new, more complicated phase.

Just because we are a subject of the European Union’s legal system it should not under any circumstance make us intellectually lazy in this area. After the end of the first phase of incorporating European justice, it is possible and also downright essential to assess, calmly and analytically, what our national justice system needs, and what society expects the justice system to resolve, contribute to, and to avoid hindering. It might be appropriate to conduct a broader parliamentary hearing, asking that legal scholars take part and put in their ideas alongside high-ranking justice officials. It is important that nothing come into being covertly, but rather in the course of a well-grounded scholarly discussion where participants have an obligation to discuss and the freedom to their opinion.

Full article in Estonian