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International Cooperation

The Judicial Council actively cooperates with the foreign and international institutions, also European Union (EU) organisations.

Since 2004 the Republic of Lithuania is a member of the European Network of Councils for the Judiciary (ENCJ). The European Network of Councils for the Judiciary is an organisation uniting national institutions of Member States of the European Union which are independent of the executive and legislature ensuring the independence of courts. The organisation has as its aim the improvement of cooperation between, and good mutual understanding amongst, the Councils for the Judiciary and the members of the judiciary of both the European Union Member States and of any European Union candidate Member States. The Judicial Council represents Lithuania in this organisation from 2008. Participation in the activities of this network is important while representing the judicial system of the Republic of Lithuania and has a serious contribution solving various judicial issues. Representatives of the Judicial Council are not only permanent members of the ENCJ working groups but also members of the commissions.

The Judicial Council cooperates with the Consultative Council of European Judges (CCJE) and uses its provided information. The Consultative Council of European Judges is an advisory body of the Council of Europe on issues related to the independence, impartiality and competence of judges. Opinions given by the CCJE and recommendations of the Committee of Ministers concerning diverse legal aspects take account of existing national problems and provide innovative proposals for improving the status of judges and the quality of services provided to the public that should be considered by governments of member states.

The Judicial Council also has relations with the European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ), it participates in the collection of information and in the provision of data concerning the judicial system of the Republic of Lithuania.

Constant cooperation is also among the Judicial Council and institutions such as the European Judicial Training Network (persons authorised by the Judicial Council participate in the exchange programmes coordinated by this network the purpose of which is to strengthen the mutual understanding about the organization and functioning of judicial institutions of EU member states as well as their councils for the judiciary), European Judicial Network in Civil and Commercial Matters (participates in the meetings of contact persons during which the issues related to the family law and the human rights are discussed).