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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

22.07.2019.

The Constitutional Court opens access to the database of its judicature and provides the possibility to use the Court’s book collection

Today, on 22 July, the Constitutional Court opens access to the database of the Constitutional Court’s judicature that has been developed over the course of several years and also offers the possibility to use the Court’s collection of books and publications, accumulated since its establishment. The database of the Constitutional Court will be available to all […]

19.07.2019.

Ineta Ziemele, the President of the Constitutional Court discusses reinforcement of the independence of the judicial power with Egils Levits, the President of the State

Today, on 19 July, Ineta Ziemele, the President of the Constitutional Court, met with the President of the State Egils Levits at the Riga Castle. During the meeting, the parties discussed relevant issues in the field of justice and constitutional law as well as matters related to the development of civil service in the public […]

19.07.2019.

A case initiated with respect to norms that provide that study programmes of institutions of higher education and colleges must be implemented in the official language

On 18 July 2019, the 1st Panel of the Constitutional Court initiated the case “On Compliance of the Third Sentence of Section 5 (1), Section 56 (3) and Para 49 of the Transitional Provisions of the Law “On Institutions of Higher Education” with Article 1, Article 105 and Article 112 of the Satversme of the Republic of Latvia”. The Contested Norms The third sentence […]

19.07.2019.

A case initiated with respect to a norm that provides that in civil procedure the Senate’s decision to refuse initiation of cassation legal proceedings may be drawn up in the form of a resolution

On 18 July 2019, the 1st Panel of the Constitutional Court initiated the case “On Compliance of Section 464 (41) of the Civil Procedure Law with the First Sentence of Article 92 of the Satversme of the Republic of Latvia”. The Contested Norm Section 464 (41) of the Civil Procedure Law provides that the decision adopted at the assignments […]

19.07.2019.

A case initiated with respect to a part in the spatial planning of the Amata Region

On 18 July 2019, the 1st Panel of the Constitutional Court initiated the case “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 2018)” […]

18.07.2019.

Advisor of the Constitutional Court expands knowledge in matters of the European Union law

From 1 to 12 July, Elīna Semeņuka, the Advisor of the Constitutional Court, took several general and specialised study courses of the Academy of European Law at the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence, Italy. The general study course on the contractual law of the European Union was given by Martijn W.Hesselink, Professor at the University […]

05.07.2019.

A case initiated with respect to a norm that regulates the right of the cassation instance court to refuse initiating cassation legal proceedings in a civil case

On 5 July 2019, the 3rd Panel of the Constitutional Court initiated the case “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 Section 4641 (3) of the Civil Procedure Law: “If a cassation complaint […]