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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

08.02.2019.

The President of the Constitutional Court Ineta Ziemele visits the Supreme Court of Finland

On Wednesday, 6 February, the President of the Supreme Court Ineta Ziemele visited the Supreme Court of Finland and Latvia’s Embassy in Finland, as well as attended the conference of the judges of Finland’s administrative courts, which was held to mark the day of administrative judges in Finland. At the Supreme Court of Finland, Ineta Ziemele met […]

05.02.2019.

The President of the Constitutional Court Ineta Ziemele speaks about the role of judges and constitutional courts in the development of society at an international conference in Finland

Today, on 5 February, the President of the Constitutional Court participated in the international conference organised by the University of Tampere on the protection of the rule of law in Europe (“How can we protect the Rule of Law in Europe”), held in Tampere, Finland. The conference was organised in connection with Finland’s Presidency of […]

21.01.2019.

The Constitutional Court has been granted the status of an Institutional Observer at the European Law Institute

The Constitutional Court, responding to the invitation expressed by the European Law Institute (hereinafter also – ELI), has become the Institutional Observer at ELI. The Constitutional Court’s membership in the European Law Institute is an important event since this will be another opportunity for the Justices and employees of the Constitutional Court, jointly with other […]

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 […]