Statement by the Constitutional Court
In response to the doubts expressed by some politicians in the public sphere, the Constitutional Court declares with responsibility that there are no grounds for questioning the lawfulness of the current composition of the Court.
According to the Constitution, the Constitutional Court must function without interruption. Therefore, the Law on the Constitutional Court provides that, in cases where a new justice is not appointed at the fixed time, a justice whose term of office has expired acts for him or her until the new justice is appointed and takes the oath. The duration of the powers of the President of the Constitutional Court is linked to the powers of the justice: the Seimas appointed Dainius Žalimas as the President of the Constitutional Court for the duration of his powers as a justice of the Court. The powers of the justices of the Constitutional Court, as well as the powers of the President of the Court, may not be terminated otherwise than on the grounds set out in the Constitution – in this case, upon the end of the powers after the newly appointed justices take the oath.
The intention of some politicians to raise doubts about the legitimacy of the Constitutional Court coincides with the recent decisions adopted by the Court. The dissemination of unfounded doubts in this case should be regarded as political pressure. The Constitutional Court calls for refraining from acts that pose a threat to the constitutional principle of the separation of powers and constitute an infringement on the independence of the judiciary.