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Bodies of the Lithuanian Bar Association
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The bodies of the Lithuanian Bar Association are: General Meeting of Advocates, the Council of the Lithuanian Bar, the Court of Honour of Advocates and the Auditing Commission.

 

GENERAL MEETING OF ADVOCATES

The General Meeting of advocates is the highest body of the Lithuanian Bar Association.

The General Meeting of advocates is valid if attended by more than half of all the advocates entered in the List of Practising Advocates of Lithuania. As needed, a meeting (conference) of persons authorised by advocates may be convened instead of the General Meeting of Advocates. Its membership and principles of representation are established in the bylaws of the Lithuanian Bar Association.

 

 

COUNCIL OF THE LITHUANIAN BAR 

The Council of the Lithuanian Bar is a collective governing body of 11 representatives, elected from among advocates for a term of four years.

Advocates having a record of at least ten years of practice as an advocate may be members of the Council of the Lithuanian Bar.

 

 

Mission of the Council of the Lithuanian Bar

To be a body of the Bar Association seeking to make optimal balance between protected traditions of the Bar, its contemporary needs and expectations, effectively moderating its activities and ensuring the availability of legal protection and quality legal defense.

 

Functions of the Council of the Lithuanian Bar

  • Represents the interests of the advocates in public institutions, international and foreign organizations
  • Co-ordinates and monitors and regulates the professional activities of advocates in Lithuania
  • Allows individuals to engage in legal practice as professional advocates and may withdraw such rights on grounds established by the law
  • Makes decisions on disciplinary liability for the violation of professional ethics by advocates
  • Appoints the members to the Bar Exam Commission and propose the chairman of the Bar Examination Commission
  • Registers lawyers from the Member States of the European Union wishing to practise as an advocate in the Republic of Lithuania
  • Organises the improvement of professional qualifications of advocates
  • Participates in the implementation of the state-guaranteed legal aid

 

The Council of the Lithuanian Bar meets once a month for making political decisions in accordance with the resolutions of the General Meeting of Advocates.

The Council of the Lithuanian Bar consults with assisting committees on legal issues.

 

Committees

  • Disciplinary Committee
  • Civil and Civil Procedure Law Committee
  • Criminal and Criminal Procedure Law Committee
  • State-guaranteed Legal Aid Committee
  • IT development Committe

 

The Council of the Lithuanian Bar remains the main governing body of the Association. Its daily activities cover a wide range of issues, providing an important authoritative position in the legal system framework of the Lithuanian Bar Association.

In order to implement these functions, the Council of the Lithuanian Bar is assisted by 21 administrative staff of the Lithuanian Bar Association supervised by the Secretary General of the Lithuanian Bar Association. They are hired and dismissed by the Chairman of the Council of the Lithuanian Bar.

 

The Council of the Lithuanian Bar is headed by the Chairman of the Council of the Lithuanian Bar, who is elected by the General Meeting of Advocates for a term of four years, in accordance with the procedure specified in the Statute of the Lithuanian Bar Association.

 

THE COURT OF HONOUR OF ADVOCATES 

The Court of Honour of Advocates hears disciplinary actions against advocates in accordance with the procedure established by the Lithuanian Bar Association. The Court of Honour of Advocates consists of five members having a record of at least ten years of practice as an advocates.

The Court of Honour of Advocates are composed as follows: three members from among advocates are elected by the General Meeting of Advocates and two members from among advocates are appointed by the Minister of Justice.

AUDITING COMMISSION

The Auditing Commission is the supervisory body of the Lithuanian Bar Association reviewing the financial activities of the Lithuanian Bar Association.

The Auditing Commission is elected for a term of four years from among advocates having a record of at least five years of practice as an advocate.

Information updated:
2016-08-11
Author:
Saulė Bakšė
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