Role and responsibilities

The Constitutional Court is the final authority in the Republic of Kosovo for the interpretation of the Constitution and the compliance of laws with the Constitution. It provides the functionality of the national institutions in accordance with the Constitution and guarantees the protection of individual rights and freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution.

The role and responsibilities of the Constitutional Court are defined in the Constitution of Kosovo and the Law on the Constitutional Court.

While the courts of other instances deal with the examination of the facts, the verification of the legality of the creation and taking of evidence, the Constitutional Court deals only with the constitutional control of the regular judicial process.

Although the decisions of the Constitutional Court have the force of the law applicable by all public authorities in the country, it still does not have the authority to self- initiate the review of cases.

Like many other counterpart courts, the Constitutional Court can review and take a decision on a specific issue only upon filing a referral by the parties authorized by the Constitution.

Based on article 113 paragraph 1 of the Constitution of the Republic of Kosovo, the Constitutional Court decides only on matters referred to the court in a legal manner by authorized parties.

Decisions of the Constitutional Court are published in the Official Gazette of the Republic of Kosovo and enter into force on the day of its publication in the Official Gazette, unless it is specified otherwise in the decision.