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



Lawyers of the Constitutional Court on an experience sharing visit at the Court of Justice of the European Union and the General Court of the European Union

From 26 to 28 November, Head of the Legal Department of the Constitutional Court Alla Spale, Court’s Adviser Sandijs Statkus and Justices’ Assistant Andris Pumpišs paid an experience sharing visit to the General Court of the European Union (hereafter – GCEU) and the Court of Justice of the European Union (hereafter – CJEU) in Luxemburg. They […]


Justice of the Constitutional Court Daiga Rezevska speaks about the Constitutional Court’s judicature in the area of social and economic rights at an international meeting

Today, on 28 November, Justice of the Constitutional Court Daiga Rezevska participates at the 9th meeting of the CoE-FRA-ENNHRI-EQUINET Collaborative Platform on social and economic rights, in her report on the social and economic rights focusing on the way these rights have been revealed and specified in the Constitutional Court’s judicature. At the beginning of her presentation, […]


A case initiated regarding the compliance of the amount of financing set in the State budget of 2019 for State-founded institutions of higher education with the Satversme

On 25 November 2019, the 4th Panel of the Constitutional Court initiated the case “On compliance of the programmes 03.00.00 “Higher Education”, 02.03.00 “Higher Medical Education”, 20.00.00 “Cultural Education” and sub-programme 22.02.00 “Higher Education” of the Law “On the State Budget for 2019”, insofar these do not envisage annual increase of the State-allocated financing for studies […]


A case initiated with respect to norms that regulate the connection of the natural gas users to the natural gas transmission system

On 22 November 2019, the 4th Panel of the Constitutional Court initiated the case “On Compliance of Decision No. 1/7 of 18 April 2019 by the Board of the Public Utilities Commission “Regulation on the Connection to the Natural Gas Transmission System for Biomethane Producers, Liquefied Natural Gas System Operators and Natural Gas Users” with Article 1, Article 64, Article 89 and […]


A case initiated with respect to the compatibility of the amount of social security benefit with the Satversme

On 19 November 2019, the 1st Panel of the Constitutional Court initiated the case “On Compliance of Para 2 of the Cabinet Regulation of 22 December 2009 No. 1605 “Regulations Regarding the Amount of the State Social Security Benefit and Funeral Benefit, Procedures for the Review thereof and Procedures for the Granting and Disbursement of Benefits” with Article 1, the […]