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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

11.10.2018.

The obligation to indicate the defendant’s declared place of residence in the statement of claim complies with the right to private life

On 11 October 2018, the Constitutional Court passed the judgement in case No. 2017-30-01 “On Compliance of Section 26 (1), the First Sentence of Para 12 of Section 128 (2) and Para 6 of Section 132 (1) of the Civil Procedure Law, insofar they Set the Obligation to Indicate in the Statement of Claim the Declared Place of Residence of the Defendant, with Article 96 of […]

05.10.2018.

The bilateral meeting between the Justices of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Latvia and the Judges of the Slovenian Constitutional Court concludes

From 3 October to 5 October, the delegation of the Slovenian Constitutional Court paid an official visit to the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Latvia. The judges discussed the role of constitutional courts vis-à-vis global challenges and the relevant case law of the Courts. During the first working session, the Justice of the Constitutional Court […]

21.09.2018.

Tigran Mkrtchyan, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Armenia to Latvia, visits the Constitutional Court

Today, on 21 September, Ineta Ziemele, the President of the Constitutional Court, met with H. E. Mr Tigran Mkrtchyan, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Armenia to Latvia. During the meeting, the parties discussed the relevant matters in the field of constitutional law in both countries and also turned to those issues that are linked to the facilitation […]

20.09.2018.

Law professors from Japan visit the Constitutional Court

Today, on 20 September, professors of law from Japanese universities visited the Constitutional Court. At the Constitutional Court the guests were welcomed by the Justice Daiga Rezevska and Advisors to the Constitutional Court Kristaps Tamužs and Uldis Krastiņš. The professors were provided an insight into the development of the legal system in Latvia following restoration of its […]

06.09.2018.

A case initiated with respect to the norms of the binding regulation of the Ventspils City Council that define the environmental protection requirements for cargo vapour emission

On 6 September 2018, the 1st Panel of the Constitutional Court initiated the case “On Compliance of Para 100 and Para 139 of the Binding Regulation of the Ventspils City Council of 2 March 2012 No. 9 “Ventspils Free Port Rules” with Article 64 and the First and the Third Sentence of Article 105 of the Satversme”. The Contested Norms […]

30.08.2018.

The President of the Constitutional Court Ineta Ziemele participated in the opening of an international conference dedicated to Kazakhstan’s Day of Constitution in Astana

From 28 to 30 August, the President of the Constitutional Court Ineta Ziemele and the Head of the Legal Department Alla Spale participate in the international conference organised in honour of the anniversary of the Constitution of Kazakhstan “A Constitution: The embodiment of the values of the rule of law, civil society and modern state”, held in Astana, […]