Strong and independent Constitutional Court is an indispensable element in the development of Latvia as a democratic state governed by the rule of law. The Constitutional Court, being the guardian of the Satversme, defends the fundamental values and freedoms of all individuals in Latvia.

The judicial power protects justice as one of the fundamental values of a state governed by the rule of law and acts in society’s interests. (The Constitutional Court’s Judgement of 12 November 2015 in Case No. 2015-06-01, Para 11.1.)

The Constitutional Court’s task is to ensure, in line with its competence, the existence of such legal system, in which, as fully and comprehensibly as possible, a regulation that is incompatible with the Satversme or legal norms (acts) of higher legal force would be eliminated, as well as to provide its assessment on constitutionally important matters. (The Constitutional Court’s Judgement of 7 April 2009 in Case No. 2008-35-01, Para 11.2.)

The Preamble to the Satversme provides that the State of Latvia was established to ensure freedom and promote welfare of the people of Latvia and each individual. Thus, one of the State’s tasks is to promote the welfare of Latvia’s society. To this end, democratic state order has been created in Latvia. The most effective exercise of human rights and freedoms is possible in the conditions of democracy. (The Constitutional Court’s Judgement of 2 July 2015 in Case No. 2015-01-01, Para 15.1.)

Human dignity and the value of each individual is the substance of human rights. Therefore, in a democratic state governed by the rule of law, both the legislator, in adopting legal norms, and the party applying the legal norms, in the application thereof, must respect human dignity. (The Constitutional Court’s Judgement of 19 December 2017 in Case No. 2017-02-03, Para 19.1.)


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05.05.2022.

Justices of the Constitutional Court with Minister for Justice Jānis Bordāns discuss the need for amendments to the Constitutional Court Law

Today, 5 May, the Justices of the Constitutional Court met with Jānis Bordāns, the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Justice. During the meeting, the Parties discussed the need for amendments to the Constitutional Court Law, the introduction of the e-file and the effective enforcement of Constitutional Court’s judgements. Jānis Bordāns, the Minister for Justice, was […]

25.04.2022.

The Constitutional Court and the German Ambassador to Latvia Christian Helt discuss cooperation between the Latvian and German Courts

Today, 25 April, the President of the Constitutional Court Aldis Laviņš and Vice-President Irēna Kucina met with Christian Heldt, the German Ambassador to Latvia. During the meeting, cooperation between the constitutional courts of the two countries in strengthening the rule of law and exchanging experience was discussed. Aldis Laviņš, the President, highlighted “The legal cooperation […]

05.04.2022.

Aurélie Rouyer-Guinin, the Ambassador of France to Latvia, visits the Constitutional Court

On Monday, 4 April, the President of the Constitutional Court Aldis Laviņš and the Vice-President of the Constitutional Court Irēna Kucina met with the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of France to the Republic of Latvia Aurélie Royet-Gounin. The meeting was organised on the initiative of the French Ambassador. Opening the meeting, Aldis […]

29.03.2022.

A case has been initiated against the order of the Minister for Environmental Protection and Regional Development suspending the effect of binding regulations of the Ķekava Municipality Council on the operation of gambling

On 28 March 2022 the 4th Panel of the Constitutional Court initiated a case “Regarding Compliance of the Order No. 1-2/11040 of 21 December 2021 of the Minister for Environmental Protection and Regional Development “Regarding Suspension of the Effect of Binding Regulations No. 22/2021 of the Ķekava Municipality Council dated 8 September 2021 “Regarding the […]

10.03.2022.

Irēna Kucina is elected as Vice-President of the Constitutional court of the Republic of Latvia

Today, on 10 March 2022, Justice Irēna Kucina was elected as Vice-President of the Constitutional court of Latvia. The election of the Vice-President was held remotely, via videoconference. The secret ballot was carried out by electronic means. Video recording of the Court’s hearing is available here [in Latvian]: Statement by the elected Vice-President Justice Irēna […]

10.03.2022.

Aldis Laviņš is elected as President of the Constitutional court of the Republic of Latvia

Today, on 10 March 2022, Justice Aldis Laviņš was elected as President Constitutional court of Latvia. The election of the President was held remotely, via videoconference. The secret ballot was carried out by electronic means. Video recording of the Court’s hearing is available here [in Latvian]: Statement by the elected President Justice Aldis Laviņš: “I […]

04.03.2022.

A case initiated with respect to a norm that provides that information about an acquitted person is stored in the archives database of the Punishment Register

On 1 March 2022, the 4th Panel of the Constitutional Court initiated the case “On Compliance of Para 1 of Section 23 of the Punishment Register Law, insofar it applies to information about an acquitted person, with Article 96 of the Satversme of the Republic of Latvia”. The Contested norm Para 1 of Section 23 of the Punishment Register Law provides that information […]

28.02.2022.

A case initiated with respect to a norm that provides that remuneration is not specified for the administrator of insolvency proceedings if they are removed from insolvency proceedings of a legal person

On 25 February  022, the 3rd Panel of the Constitutional Court initiated the case “On Compliance of Section 169 (6) of the Insolvency Law with Article 107 of the Satversme of the Republic of Latvia”. The Contested Norm Section 169 (6) of the Insolvency Law provides that remuneration is not specified for the administrator if he or […]

24.02.2022.

A case initiated regarding the term of 10 years for the right to participate in the mandatory procurement

On 24 february 2022, the 2nd Panel of the Constitutional Court initiated the case “On compliance of the number and word “10 years”, included in Para 531 of the Cabinet Regulation of 10 March 2009 No. 221 “Regulation on Producing Electricity and Setting Prices in Producing Electrocity in Cogeneration”, and the number and word “10 years”, included in Para 68, of the […]

16.02.2022.

A coin dedicated to the centenary of the Satversme is unveiled at the Riga Castle

On 15 February, the President of Latvia Egils Levits, meeting with the Member of the Council of the Bank of Latvia Zita Zariņa and the Deputy Chairman of the Constitutional Court Aldis Laviņš, inaugurated the silver collection coin “Satversme 100″. The artist Aigars Ozoliņš also took part in the coin unveiling and spoke about the […]

15.02.2022.

Constitutional Court publishes the text of the Constitution in e-book format

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Constitution of the Republic of Latvia (hereinafter “the Satversme”), the Constitutional Court has published the text of the Satversme in e-book format. 15 February 2022 marks the centenary of the adoption of the Satversme. The norms and values enshrined in the text of the Satversme apply to every […]

11.02.2022.

Entry into office of Dr.iur. Irēna Kucina as the Justice of the Constitutional Court

Today, on 11 February, Dr.iur. Irēna Kucina, the Associate Professor of the Faculty of Law of the University of Latvia took the judge’s oath (solemn affirmation) and entered office of the Constitutional Court’s Justice. The oath was made to the President of Latvia Egils Levits in the castle of Riga with the participation of Justices of […]

11.02.2022.

A case initiated regarding the regulation of the Civil Procedure Law that does not provide for the possibility to decrease the state fee for legal persons or exempt them from paying the fee

On 11 February 2002, the 2nd Panel of the Constitutional Court initiated the case “On Complianceof Section 43 (4) of the Civil Procedure Law with the First Sentence of Article 92 of the Satversme of the Republic of Latvia.” The Contested Norm The contested norm provides: “A court or a judge, upon consideration of the material situation of a […]