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 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.
the President of the Constitutional Court