The Judicial Ethics and Discipline Commission is an institution of autonomy of courts deciding the issues of instituting disciplinary actions against judges.
The Judicial Ethics and Discipline Commission shall be composed of seven members. Two members of the Commission shall be appointed by the President of the Republic, one candidate to the commission shall be appointed by the Speaker of the Seimas, four candidates – by the Judicial Council. The President of the Republic and the Speaker of the Seimas shall appoint members of the public to members of the Commission. The Judicial Council shall approve the Chairman of the Commission from the appointed members of the Judicial Ethics and Discipline Commission.
A disciplinary action may be instituted against a judge immediately after at least one of the violations specified in Article 83, paragraph 2 of the Law on Courts comes to light but not later than within three months from the day when this violation came to the notice of the Judicial Ethics and Discipline Commission which has the right to institute a disciplinary action. Excluded from this time period shall be the time when the judge was absent from work due to ill health or a vacation.
A disciplinary action may be brought against a judge:
1) for an action demeaning the judicial office;
2) for violation of other requirements of the Code of Ethics of the Judges;
3) for non-compliance with the limitations on the work and political activities of judges provided by law.
A disciplinary action may not be instituted after a lapse of more than three years from the moment of commission of the violation.
The instituted disciplinary action shall be transferred to the Judicial Court of Honour.