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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

16.10.2019.

Ambassador of Germany to Latvia Nikolai von Schoepff visits the Constitutional Court

On Monday, 14 October, President of the Constitutional Court Ineta Ziemele met with Nikolai von Schoepff, the new Ambassador of Germany to Latvia). During the meeting, the parties discussed co-operation between the constitutional courts of both states, turned to issues related to reinforcement of the rule of law in Latvia and the European Union as well as […]

11.10.2019.

A case initiated with respect to norms that determine the procedure for compensating for non-pecuniary damages caused by unsubstantiated actions by investigatory institutions, the prosecutor’s office and a court

On 9 October 2019, the 1st Panel of the Constitutional Court initiated the case “On Compliance of Section 14 (4) and Para 4 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 of Latvia”. […]

11.10.2019.

Justice of the Constitutional Court Aldis Laviņš speaks about compensation for moral damages in civil cases at the conference of the Council of the Baltic Association of Judges

On Thursday, September 26, Justice of the Constitutional Court Aldis Laviņš participated at the conference of the Council of the Baltic Association o Judges, where he gave a presentation on the topic “Compensation for Moral Damages in Civil Cases”. The conference was held in Mäetaguse, Estonia, and was attended by delegations of judges from Latvian courts […]

09.10.2019.

The Constitutional Court terminates legal proceedings in a case with respect to norms that envisage a fixed-term contract with a person elected to the position of an associate professor

On 8 October 2019, the Constitutional Court made the decision in case No. 2018-20-01 “On Compliance of the Second Sentence of Section 2 (5) and the First Sentence of Section 30 (4) of the Law “On Institutions of Higher Education” with the First Sentence of Article 106 of the Satversme of the Republic of Latvia”. The Contested Norms Section 27 (5) of the […]

09.10.2019.

The Constitutional Court terminates legal proceedings in a case pertaining to norms that determine environment protection requirements that must be met while reloading cargos in ports

On 7 October 2019, the Constitutional Court adopted the decision in case No. 2018-19-03 “On Compliance of Para 100 and Para 139 of the Binding Regulation of the Ventspils City Council of 2 March 2012 No. 9 “Ventspils Free Port Rules” with Article 64 and the First and the Third Sentence of Article 105 of the Satversme”. The Contested Norms Para 100 of the […]

04.10.2019.

Meeting between the Justices of the Latvian Constitutional Court, the Estonian Supreme Court and the Lithuanian Constitutional Court is concluded

On the 1st and the 2nd of October, the Justices of the Latvian Constitutional Court, in the framework of trilateral co-operation hosted delegations from the Estonian Supreme Court and the Lithuanian Constitutional Court. This was the first meeting at the Latvian Constitutional Court of the Justices from the Baltic States who are reviewing issues of constitutional law […]