The existence of the State, society and every individual must be protected also in the emergency situation
23 March, 2020
On March 23, Ivars Bickovics, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, participated in a meeting of heads of state constitutional organs convened by Egils Levits, President of Latvia, to decide on the basic principles of operation of the State in the emergency situation.
President of Latvia Egils Levits, Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins, Speaker of the Saeima Inara Murniece, President of the Constitutional Court Ineta Ziemele and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Ivars Bickovics discussed how to legitimize the continuation of the state administration during the time when Saeima deputies and government members have to self-isolate for 14 days due to outbreak of Covid-19.
During the meeting a legal document was adopted stating a fundamental principle, that the existence of the State, society and every human being must be protected in all circumstances, including in emergency situations, and all state institutions, authorities and officials must organize their work to secure that purpose.
After the meeting, State President emphasized that this is the first forum of its kind in the history of Latvia, when all state officials, representing all the power of the state, come together to discuss the basic principles of how the state functions.
Information prepared by
Rasma Zvejniece, the Head of the Division of Communication of the Supreme Court
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