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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 policy 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 society based on the fundamental principles of democracy, rule of law, human rights, and free market economy. Judgments of the Constitutional Court are a matter of the reputation of the state, contribute to its economic development and have an impact on processes regulated by the Constitution.

The Constitutional Court has played an important role in strengthening Latvian statehood 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 globalized 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

01.04.2019.

A case initiated with respect to a norm, which will define, as of 1 July 2019, restrictions on the maximum interest rate in consumer credit contracts

On 26 March 2019, the 2nd Panel of the Constitutional Court initiated the case “On Compliance of Section 1 (1) of the Law of 4 October 2018 “Amendments to the Consumer Rights Protection Law” with Article 1 and Article 105 of the Satversme of the Republic of Latvia”. The Contested Norm Section 1 (1) of the law of 4 October 2018 “Amendments to the […]

08.03.2019.

The norms, which establish the obligation of state and local government institutions to publish on their homepages and keep for at least eight years the remuneration of their officials and employees, are incompatible with the Satversme

On 6 March 2019, the Constitutional Court passed the judgement in case No. 2018‑11‑01 “On Compliance of Para 1 and Para 2 of Section 3 (92) of the law “On Remuneration of Officials and Employees of State and Local Government Authorities” with Article 96 of the Satversme of the Republic of Latvia”. The Contested Norms Para 1 and Para 2 […]

05.03.2019.

The norms of the binding regulation of the Jūrmala City Council that envisage a rental payment for using a grave are incompatible with the Satversme

On 5 March 2019, the Constitutional Court passed the judgement in case No. 2018-08-03 “On Compliance of Para 18 and Para 20 of the Binding Regulation of the Jūrmala City Council of 4 September 2014 No. 27 “Regulation on the Operations and Maintenance of the Municipal Cemeteries of Jūrmala City” with Article 1 of the Satversme of the Republic of Latvia”. The […]

25.02.2019.

A case initiated with respect to the procedure for granting the rights of an expert of the Latvian Council of Science

On 25 February 2019, the 4th Panel of the Constitutional Court initiated a case “On Compliance of Para 3 of the Cabinet Regulation of 12 December 2017 No. 724 “Regulation on the Qualification Criteria of the Experts of the Latvian Council of Science, Establishing of Experts’ Committees and Organising of the Work thereof” and the decision of 15 January 2018 by the […]

21.02.2019.

The legal norms, which envisaged criminal liability for violating the prohibition on the circulation of equipment and devices intended for hindering operational measures, comply with the Satversme

On 21 February 2019, the Constitutional Court passed the judgement in case No. 2018-10-0103 “On Compliance of Section 2371 (2) of the Criminal Law, in the Wording that was in Force from 1 April 2013 to 1 December 2015, with Article 90 and the Second Sentence of Article 92 of the Satversme of the Republic of Latvia and of Sub-para ”e” of Annex 10A905 to the […]