On 19th of May, 2017 the official opinion of the Judicial Council of Lithuania regarding the judicial reforms in Poland was declared.
What should we expect from the latest amendments to the Law on Protection against Domestic Violence which have more specifically defined violence against children and prohibited physical punishment? What experience has been accumulated over more than five years of application of this law in practice?
At an international conference “Influence of international and inter-institutional cooperation on the efficiency of court proceedings” held last week, the representatives of Lithuanian courts, the Bar Association, the Prosecutor’s Office and foreign courts discussed the issues of the efficiency of court proceedings.
Every day 1500 cases are examined in courts. Considerable part of them (more than 200000 cases per annum) forms small disputes, usually related to the loan repayment, sale and purchase agreement obligations, divorce, issues of child maintenance and etc. In order to remind people about alternative dispute resolution methods for the first time in Lithuania during the European Day of Justice the whole day on 25th October Lithuanian courts will answer casual legal questions of persons and tell more about their activities.
The communication representatives of the National Courts Administration raised their hands in triumph even twice during the largest annual communication even in Lithuania “PaRa Impact Awards 2016” that was held on Friday: the staged court’s hearing organized in the entire Lithuania “Journalist in the Chair of the Judge” was recognized as the event of the year, while “Volunteers in Courts” won the name of the project of social responsibility of the year.
Soon more than 60 volunteers will be ready to help the witnesses and the aggrieved persons in seven major Lithuanian courts. On the 28th of April the persons, who have passed the selection, and who want to help the visitors of the courts, will gather to the international conference of volunteering in courts together with the volunteers from other counties. Later they will take part in training and in May they will already offer the hand to witnesses.