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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

02.06.2020.

A case initiated with respect to a norm that grants to the State Revenue Service the right to calculate and collect a fine in the amount of 100 per cent of the underpaid tax due to the budget

On 1 June 2020, the 3rd Panel of the Constitutional Court initiated the case “On Compliance of Section 34 (1) of the Law “On Taxes and Duties, insofar it Envisages Calculation and Collection from the Taxpayer a Fine in the Amount of 100 Per Cent of the Underpaid Tax Due to the Budget, with Article 105 of the Satversme of the […]

02.06.2020.

A case initiated with respect to a norm that determines the procedure for compensating for damages caused by unsubstantiated actions by investigatory institutions, the prosecutor’s office and the court

On 28 May 2020, the 3rd Panel of the Constitutional Court initiated the case “On Compliance of Para 2 of the Transitional Provisions of the Law “On Compensation for Damages Caused in Criminal Proceedings and Record-Keeping of Administrative Violations” with Article 1 and the Third Sentence of Article 92 of the Satversme of the Republic […]

22.05.2020.

A case initiated with respect to prohibition to issue a security guard certificate to a person, who has been diagnosed with addiction to alcohol

On 20 May 2020, the 1st Panel of the Constitutional Court initiated the case “On Compliance of Para 8 of Section 15 of the Security Guards Activity Law with the First Sentence of Article 106 of the Satversme of the Republic of Latvia”. The Contested Norm  Para 8 of Section 15 of the Security Guards Activity Law provides that it is prohibited […]

20.05.2020.

The order by the Minister for Environment Protection and Regional Development, suspending the regulation on the opinion poll of the inhabitants of Ikšķile Region, is incompatible with the Satversme

On 15 May 2020, the Constitutional Court delivered the judgement in case No. 2019-17-05 “On Compliance of the Order by the Minister for Environment Protection and Regional Development of 25 April 2019 No. 1‑2/59 “On Suspending the Regulation on the Opinion Poll of the Inhabitants of Ikšķile Region “Vote of Ikšķile Region”” with Article 1 and Article 101 of the […]