The Division of the Case-law and Research of the Supreme Court has compiled the case-law of the Department of Civil Cases in the cases on the civil protection of honour and dignity, which were examined between 2000 and 2018.

The summary has been supplemented by the findings of the European Court of Human Rights in cases where the Court, by applying the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, has balanced the right to freedom of expression and the right to protection of honour and dignity that follow from the right to privacy, as well as has given other references in matters of honour and dignity.

The summary provides insight in cases when the public dissemination of information within the meaning of Article 23521 of the Civil Law has taken place, what kind of information is to be considered as news according to this provision, what kind of information may be considered offensive and how to verify the truthfulness of this information.

The summary also focuses on the remedies applicable to the violation of right to honour and dignity of a person, on the rights of the rightholders to the protection of honour and dignity, and provides thematic insight into cases of honour and dignity decided before the Supreme Court.

The summary of the case-law is prepared by Dr. iur. Reinis Markvarts, the legal research counsel to the Division of Case-law and Research  

See the summary here


Information prepared by

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

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