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Rights of defendants in criminal proceedings - Latvia

Please note that the original language version of this page Latvian has been amended recently. The language version you are now viewing is currently being prepared by our translators.

These factsheets explain what happens when a person is suspected of or accused of a crime, which is dealt with by a trial in court. For information on minor offences like road traffic offences, which are usually dealt with by a fixed penalty like a fine, go to Link opens in new windowFactsheet 5.

If you are the victim of a crime, you can find full information about your rights here.


Summary of the criminal process

The following is a summary of the normal stages in the criminal process:

  • Investigation
  • Prosecution
  • Hearing of the case in the Court of First Instance
  • Review of the case in the Court of Appeal
  • Review of the case in the Supreme Court
  • Review of current court rulings

Details about all of these stages in the process and about your rights can be found in the factsheets.

This information is not a substitute for legal advice and is intended to be for guidance only.

Role of the European Commission

Please note that the European Commission has no role in criminal proceedings in Member States and cannot assist you if you have a complaint.  Information is provided in these factsheets about how to complain and to whom.

Click on the links below to find the information that you need

Link opens in new window1 – Getting legal advice

Link opens in new window2 – My rights during the investigation of a crime

  • Investigation
  • Prosecution
  • Certain procedural steps

Link opens in new window3 – My rights during the trial

Link opens in new window4 – My rights after the trial

Link opens in new window5 – Road traffic offences

Related links

Link opens in new windowLaw on criminal proceedings

Link opens in new windowCriminal law

Link opens in new windowState Police authorities

Link opens in new windowPublic Prosecutor’s Office

Link opens in new windowBar Association of Latvia

Link opens in new windowLatvian Courts


The national language version of this page is maintained by the respective Member State. The translations have been done by the European Commission service. Possible changes introduced in the original by the competent national authority may not be yet reflected in the translations. The European Commission accepts no responsibility or liability whatsoever with regard to any information or data contained or referred to in this document. Please refer to the legal notice to see copyright rules for the Member State responsible for this page.

Last update: 15/02/2012