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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16.10.2020.

The election of the Constitutional Court’s Vice-president will be held on 28 October

On Wednesday, 28 October at 10:00, the Constitutional Court’s hearing will be convened to hold the election of the Constitutional Court’s Vice-president. Taking into account the epidemiological safety measures that are still established in the state to restrict the spread of Covid-19, the election of the Constitutional Court’s President will be held remotely, in a videoconference […]

14.10.2020.

Sanita Osipova elected President of the Constitutional Court

Today, on 14 October, the election of the Constitutional Court’s President was held at the Court’s hearing. The Justices elected from among themselves the current Vice-president of the Constitutional Court Sanita Osipova to the position of the Constitutional Court’s President. Sanita Osipova has been serving as the Justice of the Constitutional Court since 17 August 2011. On […]

13.10.2020.

Lawyers from the Constitutional Court of Ukraine continue to improve their knowledge about the work of the Latvian Constitutional Court

Yesterday, on 12 October, on the third day of the experience-sharing project, employees of the Legal Service of the Ukrainian Constitutional Court could study in-depth the methodology for reviewing restrictions on a person’s fundamental rights, used by the Constitutional Court. Following the independent work of the project participants, Kristaps Tamužs, the project expert and Advisor to […]

06.10.2020.

The election of the Constitutional Court’s President will be held on 14 October

On Wednesday, 14 October at 10:00, a hearing of the Constitutional Court will be convened to hold the election of the Constitutional Court’s President. Taking into account the epidemiological safety measures that are still established in the state to restrict the spread of Covid-19, the election of the Constitutional Court’s President will be held remotely, […]

05.10.2020.

Until the new President of the Constitutional Court is elected, the President’s duties of office will be performed by Vice-president Sanita Osipova

2 October was the last day of work at the Constitutional Court for President Ineta Ziemele. From now on until the new President of the Constitutional Court is elected, the President’s duties of office will be performed by Vice-president Sanita Osipova. Pursuant to the Constitutional Court Law, if necessary, the Vice-president substitutes the President and […]