“Let the book of comments on the Constitution opened today, in which fundamentals of the Republic of Latvia and of the Constitution are explained, have valuable life and it would occupy place closer to work in shelves of legal practitioners instead of occupying a place of honour,” Ivars Bickovics, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, said, at the opening of an edition “Comments on the Constitution of the Republic of Latvia. Introduction. General Provisions”.

When addressing the muster at the event dedicated to opening of the book, which took place on 10 November at the University of Latvia, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court pointed out that comments on the Constitution is important part of legal science, which is source of law, so it is particularly useful in daily work of judges. In research, which was largely presented at international conference “Jurisprudence and Culture: past lessons and future challenges” organised by the University of Latvia influence of Latvian legal science to case-law is reviewed from several aspects and it is recognised that use of conclusions of legal science has become integral part of case-law, conclusions of legal science are used for argumentation of court rulings even more often and serve as means of orientation in law.  The research also points out the most authoritative Latvian legal scientists and “books of books” in Latvian case-law, which show that comments on Chapter VIII of the Constitution “Fundamental Human Rights” were the most popular book in recent years. Moreover, this book is among the most cited ones in administrative, civil and criminal law.

“It is a confirmation, what a valuable work has been done, when legal researchers comment on laconic articles of the Constitution. Moreover, the fact that among the best Latvian state law experts included in body of authors of comments on the Constitution there are lawyers, whose daily routine is judge’s work in the Supreme Court, in the Constitutional Court, in the Court of Justice of the European Union, in the European Court of Human Rights, in administrative court. Tieback of science and practice is added value of these comments,” Ivars Bickovics pointed out. 

Fundamental research “Comments on the Constitution of the Republic of Latvia. Introduction. General Provisions” published on the eve of National Holidays is the third book of scientific comments on the Constitution, in which fundamentals of the Republic of Latvia and of the Constitution are explained. The book is scientific project of the University of Latvia.  Edition including 432 pages is created by body of authors – the best Latvian state law experts (judges, professors, advocates, academicians, political scientists, linguists). Dr. iur. Jautrite Briede, professor, the judge of the Department of Administrative Cases of the Supreme Court worked in scientific editorial board of the publication. 

 

Information prepared by

Rasma Zvejniece, the Head of the Division of Communication of the Supreme Court

E-mail: rasma.zvejniece@at.gov.lv, telephone: 67020396, 28652211