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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

12.06.2019.

Justices of the Constitutional Court explain the legal effect of a Constitutional Court’s judgment in Latvia and share experience with respect to aspects of bioethics in the Court’s case law

On Tuesday, 11 June, in the framework of trilateral co-operation, judges from the Constitutional Courts of Latvia, Belgium and Czechia shared their experience and during two working sessions discussed aspects of bioethics in the constitutional courts’ rulings and also explored the legal effect of the Constitutional Court’s judgements in each of the countries. The session was […]

10.06.2019.

Justices of the Constitutional Court meet with the Judges of the Belgian and Czech Constitutional Courts in the framework of trilateral co-operation

From 10 to 12 June, the Vice-president of the Constitutional Court Sanita Osipova, Justices of the Constitutional Court Aldis Laviņš, Gunārs Kusiņš, Jānis Neimanis and the Assistant to the President of the Constitutional Court Ketija Strazda are visiting the Constitutional Court of Belgium, where, in the framework of trilateral co-operation, a meeting with the Judges […]

10.06.2019.

Advisor of the Constitutional Court Kristaps Tamužs participates in the Superior Court Network Focal Points Forum organised by the European Court of Human Rights

From 6 to 7 June, the Advisor of the Constitutional Court Kristaps Tamužs participated in the Superior Court Network Focal Points Forum, organised by the European Court of Human Rights, in Strasbourg, France. At the annual meeting, the judicial co-operation of the previous year was reviewed and assessed, and also the scheduled future measures for […]

30.05.2019.

President of the Constitutional Court Ineta Ziemele gives a presentation at the conference dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the Constitutional Court of Belarus

From 30 to 31 May, the President of the Constitutional Court Ineta Ziemele and the Head of the Court’s Legal Department Alla Spale attended the international conference, dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the Constitutional Court of Belarus, on the development of constitutionality today (Modern Constitutional Development: the Role of Constitutional Review in Constitutionalisation of Law) in […]

29.05.2019.

Legal Advisor to the Constitutional Court participates in the meeting of the Constitutional Justice – Joint Council of the Venice Commission

From 22 to 24 May Kristaps Tamužs, Legal Advisor to the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Latvia participated in the meeting of the Constitutional Justice-Joint Council of the European Commission for Democracy through Law (the Venice Commission) in Rome, Italy. The Council of Constitutional Justice unites representatives from the constitutional courts and institutions of […]

17.05.2019.

The restrictions established by the Riga City Council on establishing gaming halls in the Historic Centre of Riga comply with Article 105 of the Satversme

On 16 May 2019, the Constitutional Court passed the judgement in case No. 2018-17-03 “On Compliance of Para 459 of the Binding Regulation of the Riga City Council of 7 February 2006 No. 38 “Regulation on the Use of and Construction in the Territory of the Historical Centre of Riga and the Protective Zone Thereof” with the First, the Second […]