The Constitution of the Republic of Croatia

 

INTRODUCTORY NOTE
OF THE CONSTITUTIONAL COURT
OF THE REPUBLIC OF CROATIA

 

This consolidated text of the Constitution of the Republic of Croatia has been downloaded from the official website of the Croatian Parliament (http://www.sabor.hr/Default.aspx?art=2405). The Constitutional Court is not responsible for the translation of the downloaded text, but has reserved the right to introduce a necessary note on some of the translated provisions, and to state the correct numeration of articles next to the numbers of the articles of the Constitution.

Given that the downloaded text includes only the four changes of the Constitution (until 2010), and not also the fifth one made in 2013, the Constitutional Court has been drafting the new consolidated wording of the Croatian Constitution in English, which will be released soon.

As to the Fifth Amendment of the Croatian Constitution, it was adopted at a national constitutional referendum held on 1 December 2013, where the voters, on the proposal of the civil initiative "In the Name of the Family", directly decided to introduce in the Constitution the definition of marriage as a living union between a woman and a man. Accordingly, Article 62 of the Constitution was supplemented with a new paragraph 2, which reads: "Marriage is a living union between a woman and a man." Former paragraph 2 of Article 62 has become paragraph 3 of the same Article of the Constitution.

The Fifth Amendment of the Constitution of the Republic of Croatia (amendment to Article 62 of the Constitution based on the popular initiative) entered into force on 1 December 2013. It was published in the Official Gazette No. 5/14 as part of the Decision of the Constitutional Court No. SuP-O-1/2014 of 14 January 2014.

 

THE CONSTITUTION OF THE REPUBLIC OF CROATIA - consolidated text