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    • 1.

      Where can I get legal advice on issues of concern?

      Legal advice (primary legal aid) is provided or organized by municipalities according to the person's declared (or actual) place of residence. Contact details can be found on the municipal websites or at the municipal reception.

      A specialist or lawyer providing primary legal aid provides legal information and consultations, prepares documents for state and municipal institutions, helps to resolve a dispute out of court, and prepares a settlement agreement.

      The person is given a free one-hour consultation on every issue of concern.

      Updated: 2020 04 23

    • 2.

      Secondary legal aid. What is it?

      Secondary state-guaranteed legal aid (hereinafter - the Secondary legal aid) - drafting of documents, defence and representation in court, including the process of execution, representation in the event of preliminary extrajudicial consideration of a dispute, where such a procedure has been laid down by laws or by a court decision.  Secondary legal aid shall also cover the litigation costs incurred in civil proceedings, the costs incurred in administrative proceedings, the costs incurred while analysing an administrative misconduct and the costs related to the hearing of a civil action brought in a criminal case.

      Updated: 2020 04 23

    • 3.

      Who can help me to complete the documents needed to receive the secondary legal aid?

      A primary legal aid specialist or a lawyer helps to complete the necessary documents.

      Updated: 2020 04 23

    • 4.

      How long does the Service take to decide to grant secondary legal aid?

      Within 7  business days from the date of the application and receipt of all necessary documents. Once you have received the decision, you must contact the appointed lawyer.

      Updated: 2021 05 11

    • 5.

      How is the lawyer chosen?

      A lawyer can be selected from a list provided by the Service. You can also choose any lawyer that is acceptable to you if he or she agrees in writing to represent you in a particular case. If you do not choose a lawyer yourself, the Office will select it from a list.

      Updated: 2020 04 23

    • 6.

      How the costs of the proceedings are paid to the recipients of social benefits?

      The current legal regulation stipulates that the bailiff must exempt the recipients who receive social benefits from the payment of the necessary costs of proceedings or postpone the payment of these costs for at least 30 days, during which these persons must apply to the state-guaranteed legal aid service to receive secondary legal aid together with the payment of the necessary costs. This means that the recipients of social benefits can apply to the bailiff for an exemption from paying proceeding costs. If the bailiff does not exempt the recipients of social benefits from paying the proceedings costs, these persons must submit to the state-guaranteed legal aid service an application to receive the secondary legal aid and a certificate confirming that the person is a recipient of social benefits. It should be noted that the state-guaranteed legal aid service pays only the necessary proceeding costs.

      Updated: 2020 04 23

    • 7.

      To which account is it necessary to make a payment for secondary legal aid granted when a person has been granted a 50 percent cover for the legal aid services?

      To one of the budget income collection accounts of the State Tax Inspectorate under the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Lithuania:

      LT24 7300 0101 1239 4300, AB “Swedbank”,

      LT78 7290 0000 0013 0151,  AB “Citadele”,

      LT74 4010 0510 0132 4763, AB “Luminor Bank”,

       LT05 7044 0600 0788 7175, AB “SEB” bank,

       LT32 7180 0000 0014 1038, AB “Šiaulių bankas”,

       LT74 7400 0000 0872 3870, “Danske Bank” A/S Lithuanian branch,

       LT42 7230 0000 0012 0025, UAB “Medicinos bankas”.

      In the transfer document, please indicate the code of the legal entity - 188659752, the code of the payment - 5630, the purpose of the payment - the payment for the provided secondary legal aid.

      Updated: 2020 04 23

    • 8.

      Where to apply if I am unhappy with the work of a lawyer?

      The quality of the activities of lawyers providing secondary legal aid is checked by the Lithuanian Bar Association. If you have a complaint about the lawyer's actions or omissions in defending or representing your interests in the case, unethical conduct of the lawyer, if the lawyer requests financial or other remuneration, please inform the Lithuanian Bar Association at Tilto str. 17, 01101 Vilnius.

       

      Updated: 2020 04 23

    • 9.

      Where can I appeal against a decision taken by the Service?

      Decisions of the Vilnius Branch of State-Guaranteed Legal Aid Service may be appealed to the Vilnius Regional Administrative Court within one month from the date of receipt of the decision.

      Decisions of the Kaunas Branch of State-Guaranteed Legal Aid Service may be appealed to the Regional Administrative Court, Chamber of Kaunas within one month from the date of receipt of the decision.

      Decisions of the Klaipėda Branch of State-Guaranteed Legal Aid Service may be appealed to the Regional Administrative Court, Chamber of Klaipėda within one month from the date of receipt of the decision.

      Decisions of the Šiauliai Branch of State-Guaranteed Legal Aid Service may be appealed to the Regional Administrative Court, Chamber of Šiauliai or Panevėžys within one month from the date of receipt of the decision.

      Updated: 2020 04 23