Efficiency, quality and transparency in Lithuanian courts
A fairer and more efficient judicial system
The National Courts Administration
Norwegian Courts Administration (DA),
17 October 2012
PA31 - Judicial capacity-building and cooperation
Calls for proposals
There are no further calls for proposals.
Why is the programme needed?
According to the EU’s Eurobarometer, Lithuanians have the lowest trust in their judicial system compared to other EU citizens (43% expressed their distrust in 2011). Over the last years, the workload of judges has increased considerably. There is a need to improve the efficiency of the courts through an increased use of electronic equipment and strengthening the competences of judges and court staff. Crime victims and witnesses should be offered assistance and support during the court procedure. The security in court buildings needs to be improved.
What will the programme achieve?
The aim of the programme is to improve the efficiency, capacity and transparency of Lithuanian courts.
How will it be achieved?
• Modernisation of the courts’ electronic case-handling system. The courts’ case-handling system will be made accessible to other relevant institutions like the Prosecution Service, Bar Association, Police, and the Prison Department.
• Purchase of equipment for audio recording. Under the Lithuanian law, the court hearings must be recorded. The present audio recording system needs to be replaced.
• The competence of judges and court staff will be improved. Training will be offered in various relevant topics: judicial mediation, court management, how to deal with crime victims and witnesses etc. International and European law and judgements are increasingly important for the national judiciary. Therefore, study visits and internships will be proposed as part of the competence-building measures.
• Strengthening security in court buildings. Recent experiences have made clear the necessity to improve the security in Lithuanian court buildings.
How will bilateral relations be strengthened?
The Norwegian Courts Administration (DA) has actively participated in developing the programme proposal, and DA will also participate in the implementation of various projects. The Lithuanian Courts Administration and DA have a similar set-up and are facing many common challenges. This programme will therefore contribute to the strengthening of ties between Lithuania and Norway.