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Ladies and Gentlemen,


The Constitutional Court of the Republic of Latvia within its competency deals with both legal and political-legal issues. It is an important tool for strengthening democratic rule-of-law state. Constitutional Court’s responsibility towards the sovereign is to protect the principles of Latvia as a democratic rule-of law state within the limits of the Constitution and to protect constitutional identity of Latvia.

By protecting constitutional values and fundamental rights, the Constitutional Court plays an important role in forming and developing a state based on the fundamental principles of democracy, rule of law, human rights, and free market economy. Judgments of the Constitutional Court make up the reputation of the state, contribute to its economic development and have an effect on every state processes regulated by the Constitution.

The Constitutional Court has played an important role in strengthening Latvian statehood. For more than twenty years it has contributed by assessing issues of constitutional importance and developing the interpretation of the Constitution in accordance with a democratic rule-of-law state and the ideas and principles of constitutionalism. Judgments of the Constitutional Court reflect the evolution of the structure of the Latvian state and constitutionalism over the past two decades and form a doctrine of constitutional law in Latvia.

Europe has become opened and unified within its legal culture; as a result, constitutional courts today work in a legal environment formed by the national, European, and international law. In the globalised world the Constitutional Court of Latvia, just as any other constitutional court, needs to define its role in this context. It is our future challenge and responsibility.



Ineta Ziemele,
the President of the Constitutional Court



News

14.01.2019.

Employees of the Constitutional Court’s Chancery visit the Constitutional Court of the Czech Republic to share experience

From the 7th to the 10th January, the deputy-head of the Chancery of the Constitutional Court Ieva Spriņģe, the secretary of the President Anete Spunde and the librarian Ilze Bierne-Alsiņa visited the Constitutional Court of the Czech Republic (hereinafter – Czechia) in Brno, Czechia. During the visit, the employees met the Vice-president of the Constitutional Court of Czechia […]

10.01.2019.

A case initiated with respect to a norm of the Civil Law that provides that a person, who has been punished for criminal offences related to violence or threatening of violence, may not be an adopter

On 7 January 2019, the 1st Panel of Constitutional Court, at its assignments sitting, initiated the case “On Compliance of Para 1 of Section 163 (4) of the Civil Law with Article 96 and Article 110 of the Satversme of the Republic of Latvia”. The Contested Norm Para 1 of Section 163 (4) of the Civil Law provides that the adopter may not be […]

28.12.2018.

A case initiated regarding the regime for serving the sentence of deprivation of liberty for men, who have been convicted form committing a serious or a particularly serious crime

On 28 December 2018, the 3rd Panel of the Constitutional Court initiated the case “On Compliance of Section 504 of the Sentence Execution Code of Latvia with Article 91 of the Satversme of the Republic of Latvia”. The Contested Norm Section 504 of the Sentence Execution Code of Latvia (hereinafter – the Code) establishes the regime for serving the sentence […]

19.12.2018.

The delegation of the Italian Parliament pays an official visit to the Constitutional Court

On Tuesday, 18 December, the Constitutional Court was visited by the delegation of the Parliament of the Republic of Italy (hereinafter – Italy), within the framework of its official visit to Latvia; the delegation was headed by the Senator Isabella Rauti and the Ambassador of Italy to Latvia Sebastiano Fulci. At the Constitutional Court, the delegation […]

18.12.2018.

The Cabinet, by ceasing to disburse the early retirement support to the heirs of its recipient, has placed a proportionate restriction on the right to property

On 18 December 2018, the Constitutional Court passed the judgement in Case No. 2016-04-03 “On Compliance of the Cabinet of Ministers Regulation of 14 April 2015 No.187 “Amendment to the Cabinet of Ministers Regulation of 30 November 2004 No.1002 “Procedure for Implementing the Programming Document “Latvia’s Rural Development Plan for the Implementation of Rural Development Programme for 2004-2006””” with […]

12.12.2018.

The legal norm issued by the Cabinet that defines the criteria for providing an opinion required for receiving compensation for transport costs is incompatible with the Satversme

On 12 December 2018, the Constitutional Court passed the judgement in Case No. 2018-06-0103 “On Compliance of Section 12 (1) of the Law “On State Social Allowances” and Annex 9 to the Cabinet Regulation of 23 December 2014 Nr. 805 “Regulations Regarding the Criteria, Time Periods and Procedures Determining Predictable Disability, Disability, and the Loss of Ability to Work” with the […]