Department of Administrative Cases

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10 July, 2017

Application is submitted to the Constitutional Court in case regarding the refusal to list the Latvian Orthodox Autonomous Church in the register of religious organizations

On July 6, the Department of Administrative Cases of the Supreme Court suspended proceedings in the case of the religious organization "Latvian Orthodox Autonomous Church" regarding refusal to register the applicant in the register of religious organizations and their institutions. The Supreme Court decided to submit an application to the Constitutional Court regarding the compliance of provisions of Section 7, Paragraph two, and Section 8, Paragraph four of the Law on Religious Organizations, in so far as they limit the right of the ten congregations to establish a church, providing for them a ten-year re-registration period, with Sections 99 and 102 of the Constitution of the Republic of Latvia, and compliance of Section 7, Paragraph three of the Law on Religious Organizations, which provide that the congregations of one denomination can establish only one religious union (church) in the state, with Sections 91, 99 and 102 of the Constitution of the Republic of Latvia. The proceedings in the case have been suspended until the day the ruling of the Constitutional Court comes into force.