Lt

An announcement by the Constitutional Court

THE CONSTITUTIONAL COURT OF THE REPUBLIC OF LITHUANIA

A N N O U N C E M E N T

2 August 1993
Vilnius

The Constitutional Court of the Republic of Lithuania was conclusively formed on 18 March 1993 d., i.e., when the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania appointed all the justices. The Court’s justices began their preparation for work without delay—they prepared examples of court documents, considered the peculiarities of procedural rules, analysed the experience of the constitutional courts and equivalent institutions of European states and particular normative acts of those countries.

Since, according to Article 90 of the Constitutional Court, hearings of the Constitutional Court may be held only in its permanent seat, therefore, by its resolution of 22 April, the Seimas allocated the building situated at the address Gedimino Ave. 36, Vilnius, to the Constitutional Court. The same resolution also commissioned the Government to provide the Ministry of Energy that was using this building with other appropriate premises and to guarantee the preparation of the transferred building according to its new purpose.

The Government ordinance of 1 June obligated the Ministry of Energy to vacate eight rooms until 4 June and to transfer the second and the third floors to the Constitutional Court on 30 June. In the transferred eight rooms the nine justices of the Constitutional Court and the initial staff of the apparatus of the Constitutional Court began their work.

In the light of the failure to carry out the requirement of the said ordinance regarding the transfer of the entire building, a meeting of justices of the Constitutional Court and the Prime Minister took place on 19 July. The Deputy Speaker of the Seimas, Aloyzas Sakalas, also participated in the meeting. After this meeting, the President of the Constitutional Court and the Minister of Energy signed a protocol by which the Ministry of Energy undertook an obligation to transfer additional six rooms to the Constitutional Court until 1 August, and to transfer the remaining premises within one month after the ministry has been allocated other premises.

In view of the fact that at present at least minimal working conditions have been created for the preparation of court hearings and that the building situated at the address Gedimino Ave. 36, Vilnius, has been included into the balance of the Court as from 1 August, the Constitutional Court announces to the public and the institutions of state authority and governance that, as from 2 August, the official registration of petitions requesting an investigation into whether legal acts are in compliance with the Constitution will begin.

The Constitutional Court also announces that it has already received nine such petitions: eight—from members of the Seimas, and one—from the Supreme Court of Lithuania (the list is annexed).

Subsequent to the appropriate ordinances of the President of the Constitutional Court, all these petitions have been referred to justices of the Constitutional Court so that they could conduct a preliminary investigation and perform the necessary preparatory actions provided for in the Law on the Constitutional Court. The information about the hearings at the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Lithuania will be published in the press.

 

President of the Constitutional Court                                                                              Juozas Žilys

 

 

Annex
to the Constitutional Court’s announcement of 2 August 1993
The List of the Petitions Received at the Constitutional Court

The petition of one-fifth members of the Seimas requesting an investigation into whether the Law of the Republic of Lithuania “On the Partial Amendment of and the Supplement to the Law of the Republic of Lithuania on Elections to the Seimas” of 16 March 1993 is in compliance with the Constitution of the Republic of Lithuania;

the petition of one-fifth members of the Seimas requesting an investigation into whether the Resolution of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania “On the Dissolution of the Vilnius City Council and Some Measures Necessary to Improve the Activities in Local Governments” of 15 April 1993 is in compliance with the Constitution of the Republic of Lithuania;

the petition of one-fifth members of the Seimas requesting an investigation into whether certain resolutions of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania on issues of land reform are in compliance with the Constitution of the Republic of Lithuania, the Law “On the Procedure and Conditions of the Restoration of the Rights of Ownership of Citizens to the Existing Real Property”, and the Law on Land Reform;

the petition of one-fifth members of the Seimas requesting an investigation into whether the Seimas’ protocol resolution of 10 June 1993 refusing to include into the session schedule of sittings the issue regarding the revocation of the powers of Seimas member Kazys Bobelis is not in conflict with Item 6 of Article 63 of the Constitution;

the petition of one-fifth members of the Seimas requesting an investigation into whether Paragraph 2 of Article 137 of the Statute of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania, which provides for the procedure related to the publication of the reports about sittings of the Seimas, is in compliance with Articles 25 and 44 of the Constitution of the Republic of Lithuania;

the petition of one-fifth members of the Seimas requesting an investigation into whether the Seimas Resolution “On the Main Directions of Land Reform” of 17 June 1993 is in compliance with Articles 23, 46, 67 and 70 of the Constitution of the Republic of Lithuania;

the petition of one-fifth members of the Seimas requesting an investigation into whether Article 25 of Chapter 5 of the Statute of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania is in compliance with Paragraph 4 of Article 59 of the Constitution of the Republic of Lithuania;

the petition of one-fifth members of the Seimas requesting an investigation into whether Articles 9, 9-3, 9-6, 10, and 10-1 of the Statute of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania (on the number of Deputy Speakers of the Seimas) are not in conflict with Articles 66 and 89 of the Constitution of the Republic of Lithuania;

the petition of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Lithuania requesting an investigation into whether the norms of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Lithuania providing for confiscation of property and Paragraphs 1 and 2 of Article 93 of the Code of Criminal Procedure of the Republic of Lithuania are not in conflict with Article 23 of the Constitution.