The Constitution of the Republic of Latvia


The people of Latvia, in freely elected Constitutional Assembly, have adopted the following State Constitution:

Chapter VII

The State Audit Office

87.  The State Audit Office shall be an independent collegial institution.
88.  Auditors General shall be appointed to their office and confirmed pursuant to the same procedures as judges*, but only for a fixed period of time, during which they may be removed from office only by a judgment of the Court. A specific law shall provide for the organisation and responsibilities of the State Audit Office.
* See Chapter VI of the Constitution of the Republic of Latvia “Courts”


Chapter VI


82. In Latvia, court cases shall be heard by district (city) courts, regional courts and the Supreme Court, but in the event of war or a state of emergency, also by military courts.

(the edition of the Law of 15.10.1998.)

83. Judges shall be independent and subject only to the law.

84. Judicial appointments shall be confirmed by the Saeima and they shall be irrevocable. The Saeima may remove judges from office against their will only in the cases provided for by law, based upon a decision of the Judicial Disciplinary Board or a judgment of the Court in a criminal case. The age of retirement from office for judges may be determined by law.

(the edition of the Law of 04.12.1997.)

85. In Latvia, there shall be a Constitutional Court, which, within its jurisdiction as provided for by law, shall review cases concerning the conformity of laws with the Constitution, as well as other cases conferred within the jurisdiction thereof by law. The Constitutional Court is entitled to declare laws or other enactments or parts thereof invalid. The Saeima shall confirm the appointment of judges to the Constitutional Court for the term provided for by law, with a majority of the votes of not less than fifty-one members of the Saeima.

(the edition of the Law of 19.09.2013.)

86. Decisions in court proceedings may be made only by bodies upon which jurisdiction regarding such has been conferred by law, and only in accordance with procedures provided for by law. Military courts shall act on the basis of a specific law.