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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.)


News

10.10.2022.

President of the Constitutional Court Aldis Laviņš has returned from the 5th Congress of the World Conference on Constitutional Justice

On 4-6 October 2022, Aldis Laviņš, President of the Constitutional Court, and Andrejs Stupins, Advisor to the President, participated in the 5th Congress of the World Conference on Constitutional Justice “Constitutional Justice and Peace”, held in Bali, Indonesia. The World Conference on Constitutional Justice unites over 100 constitutional courts, councils and supreme courts from Europe, America, Africa, […]

04.10.2022.

The Constitutional Court terminates proceedings in the case regarding the norm providing for the application of value added tax to the compulsory lease of land

On 29 September 2022, the Constitutional Court adopted a decision on termination of legal proceedings in Case No. 2020-24-01 “On Compliance of Section 1, Clause 14, Sub-clause “c” of the Value Added Tax Law, Insofar as it Applies to the Leasing of Land in Cases of Compulsory Lease, with the First Sentence of Article 91 […]

04.10.2022.

The norm which provides for not determining the remuneration of the insolvency administrator if he/she is removed from the insolvency proceedings of a legal person is compliant with the Satversme

On 29 September 2022, the Constitutional Court adopted a judgement in Case No. 2022‑08‑01 “On Compliance of Section 169, Paragraph Six of the Insolvency Law with Article 107 of the Satversme of the Republic of Latvia”. The contested norms In accordance with Section 169, Paragraph Six of the Insolvency Law, remuneration is not specified for […]

21.09.2022.

“The Only Way We Can Hope to Overcome the Challenges of Sustainability Is by Working Together”

16 September was the second day of the international conference “Sustainability as a Constitutional Value: Future Challenges”, held at the University of Latvia. The third panel discussion of the conference debated whether environmental sustainability is a political choice or a matter of safeguarding fundamental rights. Justice Dineke de Groot, President of the Supreme Court of the […]

21.09.2022.

International Conference to Discuss Sustainability of Democracy, Fundamental Rights and the Environment

On 15 and 16 September 2022, the University of Latvia hosted the international conference “Sustainability as a Constitutional Value: Future challenges”. The Conference was organised by the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Latvia to mark its 25th anniversary and the centenary of the Constitution. Opening the conference, Aldis Laviņš, President of the Constitutional Court, said that […]

16.09.2022.

SECOND DAY VIDEO: International conference “Sustainability as a Constitutional Value: Future Challenges”

Today at 9.30 (Riga time) begins the second day of the international conference “Sustainability as a Constitutional Value: Future Challenges”. Conference will be live streamed here in English: Live stream in Latvian: On 15 and 16 September, the Constitutional Court is organising international conference “Sustainability as a Constitutional Value: Future Challenges” to mark the 25th […]

15.09.2022.

FIRST DAY VIDEO: International conference “Sustainability as a Constitutional Value: Future Challenges”

Today at 9.30 (Riga time) begins the first day of the international conference “Sustainability as a Constitutional Value: Future Challenges”. Conference will be live streamed here in English: Live stream in Latvian: On 15 and 16 September, the Constitutional Court is organising international conference “Sustainability as a Constitutional Value: Future Challenges” to mark the 25th […]

07.09.2022.

The Constitutional Court is organising an international conference on sustainability as a constitutional value

On 15 and 16 September, the Constitutional Court is organising international conference “Sustainability as a Constitutional Value: Future Challenges” to mark the 25th anniversary of the Constitutional Court and the centenary of the Satversme. In the year of the Satversme’s centenary, sustainability has been chosen as the topic for the international conference, held by the […]

01.09.2022.

Entry into office of Dr.iur. Jautrīte Briede as the Justice of the Constitutional Court

Today, on 1 September, Dr.iur. Jautrīte Briede, the Professor of the Faculty of Law of the University of Latvia entered office of the Constitutional Court’s Justice. About the Constitutional Court’s Justice Jautrīte Briede Jautrīte Briede was born on 17 September 1961. Jautrīte Briede studied at the Faculty of Law of the University of Latvia. She […]