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The Supreme Council of the Republic of Latvia

On Judicial Power

This Law adopted by the Supreme Council on 15 December 1992
With amendments adopted till 23.11.2001

Part I
General Provisions


Chapter I

Judicial Power


Section 4. Equality of Persons before the Law and the Court

(1) All persons are equal before the law and the court, and they have equal rights to the protection of the law.

(2) A court shall adjudge a trial irrespective of the origin, social and financial status, race or nationality, sex, education, language, attitude towards religion, type and nature of occupation, place of residence, or the political or other views of a person.


Chapter 3
Basic Principles for Adjudicating Matters



Section 21. Language of Judicial Proceedings

(1) Judicial proceedings in the Republic of Latvia shall be conducted in the official language. A court may allow also another language to be used in judicial proceedings if the parties, their advocates and the prosecutor agree to it.

(2) For a person who participates in a matter, but is not fluent in the language of the judicial proceedings, a court shall ensure the right to become acquainted with the materials of the matter and to participate in the court process with the assistance of an interpreter, as well as the right to appear before the court in the particular language, in which such person is fluent.

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Part III
Judges of the Republic of Latvia

Chapter 7
Candidates for Judges and Lay Judges


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Section 51. Nomination Requirements for a Judge

(1) In selecting a candidate for the office of a judge, the principle shall be observed that only Latvian citizens, who are highly qualified and fair lawyers, may work as judges.

(2) In the selection of judges, no discrimination based on origin, social and financial status, race or nationality, sex, attitude towards religion, type and nature of occupation, or political or other views is permitted. The requirement that a judge must be a Latvian citizen shall not be considered as discriminatory.

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President of the Supreme Council of the Republic of Latvia A.Gorbunovs
Secretary of the Supreme Council of the Republic of Latvia I. Daudišs

Rīga, 15 December 1992




Source: NAIS; first publication: ZIŅOTĀJS No.,1 14.01.1993


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