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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

25.03.2020.

The norms that defined the procedure for calculating the consumed natural gas and compensation, which the user of energy paid in case of a violation, are incompatible with Article 64 and Article 105 of the Satversme

On 20 March 2020, the Constitutional Court passed the judgement in case No. 2019‑10‑0103 “On Compliance of Section 423 (1) of Energy Law (in the wording that was in force until 7 March 2016) and Para 56, Para 58 and Para 87 of the Cabinet Regulation of 16 December 2008 No. 1048 “Regulation on the Supply and Use of Natural Gas” with Article 64 and Article 105 […]

23.03.2020.

A case initiated regarding compliance of the amount of the State social security benefit and disability pension to be granted to disabled persons with the Satversme

On 23 March 2020, the 4th Panel of the Constitutional Court initiated the case “On Compliance of Para 2 of the First Part and the Second Part of Section 16 of the Law “On State Pensions” as well as Sub-para 2.2 and 2.3. of the Cabinet Regulation of 22 December 2009 No. 1605 “Regulations Regarding the Amount of the State Social […]

20.03.2020.

A case initiated with respect to a norm, which prohibits from nominating a person, who has been previously punished for committing an intentional criminal offence, for the position of a board member of a capital company of a derived public person

On 19 March 2020, the 1st Panel of the Constitutional Court initiated the case “On Compliance of Para 2 of Section 37 (4) of “Law on Governance of Capital Shares of a Public Person and Capital Companies” with the First Sentence of Article 106 of the Satversme of the Republic of Latvia”. The Contested Norm  Para 2 of Section 37 (4) of “Law […]

19.03.2020.

A case initiated with respect to a norm that envisages the dismissal of the Riga City Council because it, allegedly, allows unlawful actions and fails to fulfil the autonomous function of a local government – to organise household waste management

On 17 March 2020, the 3rd Panel of the Constitutional Court initiated the case “On Compliance of Para 2 of Section 1 of the law “On Dismissal of the Riga City Council” with Article 1 and Article 101 of the Satversme of the Republic of Latvia”. The Contested Norm Para 2 of Section 1 of the law “On Dismissal of the Riga […]

17.03.2020.

The Constitutional Court terminates legal proceedings in the case regarding apart of the spatial plan of the Amata Regional Council

On 17 March 2020, the Constitutional Court has adopted the decision in case No. 2019‑14‑03  “On Compliance of the Binding Regulation by the Amata Regional Council of 19 December 2018 No. 12 “The Rules on the Use and Construction in the Territory and the Graphic Part of the Spatial Plan of the Amata Region for 2014–2024 (with Amendments of […]

16.03.2020.

The norm that provides that the decision to refuse initiation of cassation legal proceedings in a civil case may be drawn up in the form of a resolution complies with the Satversme

The Contested Norm Section 464 (41) of the Civil Procedure Law provides that the decision adopted at the assignments hearing of the Supreme Court regarding initiation of cassation proceedings, on refusal to initiate cassation hearings, on transferring a case for hearing in cassation procedure by the Supreme Court in expanded composition, as well as refusal to […]

13.03.2020.

The criterion of financial nature, defined in Section 4641 (3) of the Civil Procedure Law complies with the first sentence of Article 91 and the first sentence of Article 92 of the Satversme

On 12 March 2020, the Constitutional Court passed the judgement in case No. 2019-11-01 “On Compliance of Section 4641 (3) of the Civil Procedure Law with the First Sentence of Article 91 and the First Sentence of Article 92 of the Satversme of the Republic of Latvia”. The Contested Norm  On 9 June 2016, the Saeima adopted amendments to the […]