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|The Courts‘ exposition presents the virtual courtroom |
On 31st October 2014 the National Courts Administration (NCA) opened the Courts‘ exposition, where not only historical exhibits reflecting the changes of judicial system in different historical periods, but also the novelties of current judicial system are presented to the public. One of these novelties – the virtual courtroom will be accessible from any computer or phone this December.
“While presenting historical periods of judicial system we decided not to confine to the restoration of Independence of the Republic of Lithuania, therefore the exhibits include the novelties of current days. After all, everything what we have now will become a history after a few years.” – said Ms Reda Molienė, the Director of the NCA.
According to the Director, the virtual courtroom presented by the National Courts Administration will help to understand better the court proceedings, get acquainted with the courtroom layout and the roles of persons participating in court hearings – a judge, an advocate, a defendant, witness, an aggrieved party / victim and observers.
“This virtual courtroom is the part of the programme “Efficiency, Quality and Transparency in Lithuanian Courts” financed under the Norwegian Financial Mechanism 2009-2014, the objective of which is to modernize courts’ information system LITEKO, to increase the competence of court staff and to improve security in courts by providing necessary assistance to witnesses and crime victims”, – underlined the Director of the NCA.
The company “BenQ” has contributed to the presentation of the virtual courtroom at the Courts‘ exposition by providing special equipment, which allows the visitors of the virtual courtroom to feel like in a real court process. The virtual courtroom and the historical exhibits collected from Lithuanian courts might be visited at the National Courts Administration (L. Sapiegos g. 15, Vilnius).
Please register for the visit in advance by email firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone: + 370 52 210 7326
|Published on: 2014-11-10|
|EVENTS ON THE DAY OF THE CONSTITUTION OF THE REPUBLIC OF LITHUANIA AND THE EUROPEAN DAY OF JUSTICE |
Commemorating the day of the Constitution of the Republic of Lithuania and the European Day of Justice, the National Courts Administration on 31st October 2014 opens the Courts‘ exposition, where the exhibits, reflecting the changes of judicial system in different historical periods, will be presented. The visitors of the exposition will familiarize with the old workplace and modern virtual courtroom.
Besides, other activities will take place in the courts of Lithuania:
- Courts of Panevėžys organize the event for pupils „In historical pathways of Panevėžys courts“. The pupils will visit tomb of Pranas Dauguvietis, first lay judge of Panevėžys, visit the exhibits of the Panevėžys museum and the house, where the first court of Panevėžys was located.
- In the District Court of Prienai Region pupils will participate in the role-play of court proceedings.
- The Chairperson of the Kaunas District Court will introduce the students of the Law Faculty of Vytautas Magnus University to the Constitutional principal of court independence and its practical safeguard. Students will also have an opportunity to visit the courtrooms, temporal detention premises, the room for child inquiry and see the courts’ archives.
- District Court of Kelmės region organizes the drawing competition for pupils on the theme „My rights and duties“.
- District Court of Šakiai region organizes the Open Day event, during which the prize will be given to an author of open letter to a judge competition.
- The pupils‘ legal knowledge competition „Brain battle“ will be held in other courts, during which pupils will be able to show their knowledge about Constitution of the Republic of Lithuania and the judicial system.
|Published on: 2014-10-23|
|The project of new court building in Vilnius: participants presented three technical solutions|
On 1 September, participants in the National Courts Administration project to design, build, finance and maintain a new court building in Vilnius presented three technical solutions. The following three companies are participating in the tender, named the “Development and Maintenance of the Infrastructure of Courts Operating in Vilnius”: UAB Partnerystės Projektai Du, UAB Pilies Projektai, and UAB Teikonta.
“The project covers not only the construction of the building, but also its maintenance for 20 years. We are happy to see that the participating companies have looked deeply into the details and requirements of the project. This allows us to better understand and foresee the management of the infrastructure for the entire 20-year period, and at the same time the state is able to plan and use funds effectively,” said Linas Petravičius, manager of the project and chief specialist at the Strategic Planning Department of the National Court Administration.
The project has now entered a new stage according to Jonas Kimontas, PPP group manager at Invest Lithuania, the agency acting as consultants on the project. “In September, the assessment of how the technical solutions meet the requirements will be carried out. The companies that meet the requirements will be selected to progress to the competitive dialogue. During the dialogue, technical, financial and legal issues regarding the implementation of the project will be discussed”.
The winner of the tender will deliver a modern building for the Vilnius Regional Court, the Court of Appeal of Lithuania, the Supreme Court of Lithuania, and the National Court Administration, to move in 2017.
|Published on: 2014-09-15|
|Judge’s profession in close for Law students|
Reda Molienė, Director of the National Courts Administration and Professor Tomas Davulis, Dean of the Law Faculty of Vilnius University signed a cooperation agreement on the 27th of August. Striving to promote Law science and practice approach, expansion of Law knowledge, cooperation in helping to ensure the successful activity between judiciary and academic community, promote judge’s profession is enshrined by this agreement.
"Together we agreed that for the successful action of courts is necessary to refer to the achievements in the Law science, as well as attraction of the best young lawyers to courts - this is the main objective of our cooperation", - said Professor Tomas Davulis Dean of Law Faculty of Vilnius University at the contract signing ceremony.
Reda Molienė, Director of the National Courts Administration noted that the enterprising and talented law students are always welcome in the National Courts Administration and in courts. "The experience gained during the internship and by presence in legal education activities may be valuable as a start for young people in their professional road. I believe that the signing of this agreement will become an important step for development of excellent Law professionals", - the Director underlined importance of the cooperation agreement.
The National Courts Administration and the Law Faculty of Vilnius University will exchange available information, statistical data and cooperate in scientific researches, organize joint conferences, discussions and seminars on relevant legal issues. Law students will be able to practice in the National Courts Administration and employees will be able to have Law Faculty experts’ advices and use the available scientific literature.
|Published on: 2014-08-28|
|International conference “Implementing and Ensuring the Constitutional Principle of the Judicial Independence”|
In commemoration of the anniversary of 200 years for Norwegian Constitution the international conference “Implementing and Ensuring the Constitutional Principle of the Judicial Independence” is organized on the 15 May, 2014 in Vilnius. Increase of efficiency, quality and transparency in Lithuanian Judicial system under Norwegian experience will be discussed during the conference.
The event is organized by the National Courts Administration and the Norwegian Embassy in Lithuania.
Conference program can be downloaded here.
Registration for the event is open until May 12, 2014 by e-mail email@example.com
|Published on: 2014-05-02|
|Public trust in courts rise up to 51 per cent |
In Lithuania, public trust in courts has risen up to 51%. According to a poll conducted at the end of 2013, Lithuanian citizens’ trust in courts grew significantly over the last year and now reaches 51% (21% in 2012).
Sociologist Dr Eglė Vileikienė, who did the research, stresses that 45% of those polled believe that courts are functioning well, while 51% state that they trust in courts. 9% of all respondents had a personal experience with the court system, and more than half of them feel that court personnel and judges are experts in their field who respect human rights and are worthy of being trusted.
While discussing the results from the newest survey on Lithuanian citizens’ attitudes towards courts („Lietuvos gyventojų požiūris į teismus“), Vileikienė said, “Judicial corruption is one of the most controversial topics in the mass media and among the public. Survey results show that respondents who had no personal experience with courts believe that one can easily bribe judges, while respondents who actually went to court disagree.”
Results show that in fact 45% of those participating in the survey would want their children to become a lawyer one day. According to Vileikienė, this might be connected with the fact that 62% are certain that being a judge is highly respected in Lithuania.
“Often, when you read various publications and responses to them, you can get the impression that citizens of the country do not trust in courts and tend to see their work only in a negative light. On the contrary, the situation is not as bad as it is deemed to be. The society believes that courts are working well, which is supported by the fact that 57% agree that people should obey a court decision even if it is unfavourable,” says Vileikienė.
Vileikienė links the shift in the public opinion with the decreased amount of negative information, the judiciary’s effort to ensure rapid spread of information to the media and the public, a more critical attitude towards unprofessional judges, and the fact that judges are becoming more outspoken in the public sphere.
Gintaras Kryževičius, the Chairman of the Judicial Council of Lithuania, stated that over the past few years there were a lot of changes in the judicial system, which were related to the improvement of both customer service and the quality of service, and also to the enhancement of the communication between the society and the courts. “However, there are still many areas that we need to work on and seek a better result. Research show that people are still wondering what are the underlying principles behind courts decisions, how do legal proceedings work, and why do sentences differ. Education about the judicial system and, of course, decisions based on clear arguments are only some measures that could be taken in order to enhance the public understanding of the judicial system and the way it works,” says the Chairman.
A representative survey of Lithuanian citizens was carried out in three stages (during the months of August, September and October). In total, 3,036 people were surveyed, aging from 15 to 74.
|Published on: 2014-02-06|
|Public Private Partnership Tender Issued for a new Court Complex in Lithuania|
At the end of 2013, Lithuania announced a tender for the design, construction and maintenance of a new Court Complex, to be implemented as a Public Private Partnership (PPP). Applications to participate in the competitive dialogue are now being accepted from potential candidates.
The New Lithuanian Court Complex project manager, chief specialist of the National Courts Administration’s Strategic Planning Division Mr Linas Petravičius listed the main elements of the project as follows: design, construction, installation, maintenance and administration of infrastructure, security, cleaning and waste management, maintenance and support of ICT systems, and parking lot service. The provision of utilities and catering also needs to be ensured.
The project will be implemented as a Private Public Partnership and will last for 20 years. The planned private capital investment is 59 million litas. “The new building shall cover about 15 000 square meters, where 32 courtrooms, a parking area with about 400 parking places and about 630 workplaces shall be developed”, said Petravičius.
Applications from investors who are interested in this project should be submitted by 28th February 2014.
“This is the sixth and to date the biggest PPP project in Lithuania. It was developed on the basis of the experience we gained during the previous projects, as well as the best practices that we have learned from PPP projects undertaken abroad. We expect that our experience and consultations with potential applicants will enable us to select the best investor in a smooth and expeditious manner, said Mr Jonas Kimontas from Invest Lithuania – a project partner. “In order to save government funds it is important to ensure strong competition, and so we aim to ensure that as many investors as possible in Lithuania and abroad get acquainted with the project.”
The Supreme Court of Lithuania, the Lithuanian Court of Appeal, the Vilnius Regional Court and the National Courts Administration shall be housed in the newly developed Court Complex in Vilnius.
Further details on the requirements for participating in the project can be found here.
If you have any questions or need additional information please do not hesitate to contact:
Project manager Mr. Linas Petravicius: email: firstname.lastname@example.org
tel. 00 370 614 75 527
|Published on: 2014-01-17|
|Improving Judicial System in Lithuania through Norwegian experience and support|
The National Courts Administration of the Republic of Lithuania (hereinafter referred to as NCA) together with the Norwegian Courts Administration implement the programme “Efficiency, Quality and Transparency in Lithuanian Courts” (LT13) under the Norwegian Financial Mechanism 2009-2014 (hereinafter referred to as the Programme), which is aimed at a fairer and more efficient Lithuanian judicial system.
Focusing on the safety in courts, the courts information system will be improved and additional training and capacity building activities will be provided to the representatives of courts and other judicial staff while implementing all three pre-defined projects within the Programme.
"In these recent years there have been a number of changes in judicial system, the courts have clearly identified the most pressing problems and weaknesses within the system, however, not all of them might be eliminated by the courts themselves, without external funding. Therefore, the support and external funding provided for judicial system of Lithuania by the Kingdom of Norway, the country which has extensive experience in administration of justice, is a perfect tool for seeking quality in this area,” – says Ms Reda Molienė - the Head of the NCA.
The courts information system LITEKO, which at the moment is unable to meet all users’ requirements will be modernised, trainings and other capacity building activities contributing to the improvement of quality of court services will be provided for the representatives of judicial system, as well as the system for support of crime victims and witnesses will be developed while implementing the Programme.
“In our practice we have cases when, after giving evidence or confrontation with the accused, crime victims try to commit suicide, fall into severe depression, and refuse to give further evidence in court. These experiences are very negative – they equal the injury itself. Accordingly, we must be interested in making our court environment more humane, more victim-friendly”, - says Ms Kristina Mišinienė – the Lithuanian Caritas project coordinator.
According to the representative of this charity organization having more than twelve years of experience in providing assistance to violent crime victims in courts, the social workers of Caritas will cooperate closely with the NCA while implementing this Programme. Moreover, more information will be prepared and made publicly available as well as additional trainings and capacity building activities will be provided for the representatives of judicial system while creating more emotionally intimate court environment.
“Often, court personnel and judges also say that it is really difficult to communicate with the stressed persons. The questions must be formulated and the persons interrogated impartially, seeking not to make stress or negative emotions, without inducing additional sense of insecurity. Judges have expressed the need for trainings in this particular area”, - further explains Ms Reda Molienė.
The Questionnaire, which will help to identify what kind of support a person needs, will also be created while implementing the projects within the Programme. In addition, it is planned that the criterions for determining safety requirements in court buildings will be determined and the necessary technical equipment: from video cameras inside and outside the court, special installations separating the accused person(s) or separating working areas from public space in court buildings to installing metal detectors at the entrances, will be provided for in courts.
More efforts will be made for modernising Lithuanian courts information system LITEKO by guaranteeing safety and making the system more user-friendly.
By the year of 2016, it is planned to create a universal integration module, which allows integrating LITEKO into any other information system. Moreover, LITEKO case card will be reprogrammed and the possibility to relate the case proceedings events through the courts of different instances as well as the templates of court procedural documents and other possibilities to facilitate the work within the court will be created.
The Head of the NCA Ms Reda Molienė concludes that the implementation of the Programme will help to make more tangible changes in Lithuanian courts for the benefit of the people as well as the bilateral relations with Norwegian entities will be substantially strengthened.
“Lithuanian courts will become more secure from physical as well as emotional perspective, more legal information about procedures in courts will be provided and it will be more easily available while representatives of judicial system will gain better knowledge and improve their competences. These changes are determined by closer cooperation with NVOs and relations between institutions in Lithuania and Norway. We also highly appreciate the support kindly provided for us by the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Norway in Lithuania Mr Leif Arne Ulland, who expressed the belief that Lithuania and Norway may win more if working together and sharing experience with each other”, - concludes Ms R. Molienė.
NCA Communication Division
Phone +370 5 251 4120
More about the Programme:
Total amount of all three pre-defined projects within the Programme - 31 2789 307 LTL, which consists of 26 586 560 LTL grant from Norwegian Financial Mechanism 2009-2014 and 4 691 747 LTL National co-financing.
Projects implementation period - IV quarter of 2014 – II quarter of 2016.
Information on the Internet:
|Published on: 2013-12-10|
|The Services of Justice in Europe Become Electronic|
This week (24th October) the international conference „Challenges in e-Justice“ took place in Vilnius. The conference gave the opportunity for the representatives of various European countries to present electronic services in the area of the implementation of justice, discussed the technical capacities which facilitate the implementation of justice. The representatives also looked at the possibilities to encourage citizens and other players of the market to use electronic services more widely.
The participants of this event were introduced with the electronic services used for the implementation of justice functioning in Lithuania as well as their recent developments. The Deputy head of Informatics division of the National Courts Administration of the Republic of Lithuania Vaida Keinaitė noted that it is very important to induce the public society and lawyers to use the administrative services, rendered by electronic means and to promote the portal of electronic services e.teismas.lt which was introduced to the society this summer.
„The formation and submission of documents to courts, the acquisition of the case material in electronic way, the possibility to perform the duties concerning the payment of stamp duty, litigation costs or court imposed fines only in few clicks will save time and reduce costs not only for case parties but also for courts“, – underlined the representative of the National Courts Administration of the Republic of Lithuania.
According to V. Keinaitė, the main advantages of the new system is 25 percent discount for the stamp-duty, reduced costs for the preparation and submission of process‘ documents, possibility to monitor the ongoing court process and to submit documents to a court at any time during the day.
The representative of the National Courts Administration of the Republic of Lithuania shared the experience with the participants of the conference about the audio recording systems introduced to 11 courts in Lithuania this year as well as the Project which provides a possibility to participate in court hearings via video conferences in 18 national courts. This project is funded by the Lithuanian – Swiss cooperation programme.
The challenges and opportunities for the video-conference interrogations in court proceedings were introduced by the Vice-President of Vilnius City District Court Gediminas Viederis.
“The videoconference technology is a potential solution for gaining cost-effective and timely access to justice including also the increased safety and protection of witnesses”– stated the judge.
The conference was organised by the National Courts Administration of the Republic of Lithuania, the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Lithuania, the State Enterprise Centre of Registers and the Central Mortgage Office. The presentations were made and problems arising while implementing the e-Justice were tackled by the experts of the European Union institutions as well as the representatives of the European Union member states.
|Published on: 2013-10-31|
|For lawyers every day is like a mind-fight|
“Those, who relate their lives with law, a violent fight is waiting for everyday” claimed D. Labokaitė, the member of the Judicial Council, participating in the mind-fight organized for the commemoration of the European Day of Civil Justice. In this competition together with nine other teams the victory was won by the team of court representatives.
The National Courts Administration (NCA), organizing a unique mind-fight competition with judges on the occasion of the European Day of Civil Justice in the National Open Access Scholarly Communication and Information Centre (SCIC) of Vilnius University prepared even five stages of the competition for nine teams consisting of lawyers, media representatives, students of law and journalism: main stage – law theme, other – Lithuania, common knowledge, images and music.
“For lawyers, judges and others associating their lives with law every day is like a mind-fight. The judge solves the case in one way, the lawyer adjudicates it in the other way whereas the journalist sees it even from the third angle” stated D. Labokaitė, the member of the Judicial Council, wishing a successful fight for the participants of the event. The judicial literature was awarded by the member of the Judicial Council on behalf of Lithuanian courts to the library of Vilnius University so that the young generation of Lithuania could draw its knowledge. The member of the Lithuanian Bar Association, Džiolana Tarvainytė also joined the activity and presented books on behalf of the Lithuanian advocacy, who joined the mentioning of this special day this year.
The NCA has organised the European Day of Civil Justice (on 25th October) in Lithuania already four years consecutively. The doors of courts are open to the society members on the European Day of Civil Justice. Students, school children and all persons interested in the law listen to the lectures of judges, observe the court hearings, participate in the excursions of the court premises from Vilnius to Lisbon.
Usually people see judges in the court rooms during the hearings or in the TV screens. The European Day of Civil Justice provides an exceptional possibility to visit the court, meet judges personally and have a face-to-face conversation with them. In Lithuania the new forms of communication are being searched in order to have a more active dialogue with society not the first year.
This year judges decided to come to the library, in which the young future generation of Lithuania spend their days and nights and together with their colleagues lawyers and brothers of the quill test themselves in a different role – Mind fight.
The Vice minister of Justice, Paulius Griciūnas, greeting the judges and participants of the event pointed his attention to the fact that it shows the openness of courts, which is the common ambition in the whole Europe.
„Mind fight is very symbolic. In the fight there is some kind of contest anyway. Competitive principle is perhaps one of the most important principles in the civil process and I assume it must always be present. Regardless of the type of contest, it always deepens our knowledge and allows to see various matters from diverse angle“ said prof. dr. Tomas Davulis, the dean of the Law Faculty of Vilnius University greeting the participants in the National Open Access Scholarly Communication and Information Centre (SCIC).
During the mind-fight of the European Day of Civil Justice participants had to thrash out more than one tricky question. The team of court representatives composed of judges from the Supreme Court of Lithuania Egidijus Laužikas, Janina Stripeikienė, the judge from the Supreme Administrative Court Laimutis Alechnavičius, judge of Vilnius regional administrative court Rūta Petkuvienė, chairperson of Kaunas city district court Mindaugas Šimonis and judge of this court Diana Labokaitė, also assistant of judge Indrė Veličkaitė, assistants of the Supreme Administrative Court of Lithuania Ieva Jasinauskaitė, Tomas Janušauskis and adviser of the chairperson of civil cases division of the Supreme Court of Lithuania Karolis Šimanskis conquered all the rounds of the mind-fight and took the first place in the final score chart.
|Published on: 2013-10-25|