The Ombudsman’s Office of the Republic of Latvia has initiated a verification procedure about the rights for people with disabilities (vision, hearing, speech and intellectual disability) to enjoy the legal capacity under the Notaries law and procedural laws (Article 5, 12, 13 UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities).
Thus, the Ombudsman’s Office would be grateful to receive information about good practice, norms and experience of your country for people with disabilities and their rights to use their legal capacity.
Current situation in Latvia:
 Article 86 of Notaries law:
86. The following may not act as witnesses to a notarial deed:
1) illiterates, minors and those who are unable to correctly and completely comprehend and certify the deed due to physical or mental deficiencies, namely those with mental impairments, hearing impairments, the speech disorder and the vision impairments;
 Article 94 of Notaries law:
94. In making deeds in which the person with hearing disability, person with speech disorder or the person with vision disability participate, the presence of at least two witnesses shall be required.
 People with disabilities cannot be witnesses also in civil proceedings and administrative proceedings.
Civil Procedure Law (Article 106), Administrative Procedure Law (Article 163):
The following persons may not be summonsed and examined as witnesses:
4) persons whose physical or mental deficiencies render them incapable of correctly perceiving circumstances of significance to the matter; and
According to above mentioned the Ombudsman’s Office of the Republic of Latvia would be grateful to receive information about your country and answers to questions attached.
The Ombudsman Office of the Republic of Latvia would be grateful to receive the information till April 28, 2015. Please send information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Ombudsman Office of the Republic of Latvia thank you in advance for your kind cooperation.