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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

27.01.2020.

A case initiated with respect to norms that set the minimal amount of the state old-age pension

On 22 January 2020, the 1st Panel of the Constitutional Court initiated the case “On Compliance of Sub-para 2.2. of the Cabinet Regulation of 5 December 2011 No. 924 “Regulation on the Minimal Amount of the Old-age Pension”, Sub-para 2.1. of the Cabinet Regulation of 22 December 2009 No. 1605 “Regulations Regarding the Amount of the State Social Security Benefit and […]

13.01.2020.

A case initiated with respect to norms that set restrictions on advertising medicinal products

On 8 January 2020, the 4th Panel of the Constitutional Court initiated the case “On Compliance of Sub-para 18.12. of the Cabinet Regulation of 17 May 2011 No. 378 “Procedures for Advertising Medicinal Products and Procedures by Which a Medicinal Product Manufacturer is Entitled to Give Free Samples of Medicinal Products to Physicians” with Article 100 and Article 105 of the […]

09.01.2020.

I. Ziemele speaks about human dignity in technology driven world at the celebration in honour of the anniversary of the adoption of the Slovenian Constitution

On Thursday, 19 December President of the Constitutional Court Ineta Ziemele and Advisor to the President of the Constitutional Court Inguss Kalniņš paid an official visit to the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Slovenia (hereafter – the Slovenian Constitutional Court) to participate in the celebrations marking the anniversary of the adoption of the Constitution of […]

23.12.2019.

The norms, which prohibit a member of the Saeima, against whom criminal prosecution has been commenced, from participating in the work of the Saeima and receiving remuneration in full amount, are incompatible with the Satversme

On 23 December 2019, the Constitutional Court passed the judgement in case No. 2019‑08‑01 “On Compliance of the Second Part of Article 17 and Article 19 of the Rules of Procedure of the Saeima with the Second Sentence of Article 92 and the First Sentence of Article 101 of the Satversme of the Republic of Latvia”. The Contested Norms The second […]

20.12.2019.

Case initiated with regard to a provision that does not provide for the right of a child’s birth mother’s female partner to a leave after the birth of the child

On 16 December 2019, the 2nd Panel of the Constitutional Court initiated the case “On compliance of Section 155(1) of the Labour Law with the first sentence of Article 110 of the Constitution of the Republic of Latvia”. The contested provision Section 155(1) of the Labour Law: “The father of a child is entitled to […]