Cases before the Supreme Court of Lithuania are heard on the basis of a cassation appeal that can be lodged within three months from the day the challenged judgement or ruling became effective (Art. 370, Criminal Procedure Code; Art. 345, Civil Procedure Code).
A cassation appeal in a civil case is to be drawn up by a lawyer; a cassation appeal of a legal persons may be drawn up by those employees of the legal person concerned who have a university degree in law; if a cassator is a natural person with a university degree in law, he is entitled to draw up the cassation appeal himself. (Art. 347(3), Civil Procedure Code). In the criminal procedure, however, there is no strict regulation in respect of who has the right to draw up a cassation appeal. As the Supreme Court hears cases exclusively on the questions of law, a cassation appeal must be based not on the arguments of a factual character but only on the application and interpretation of law. Such cassation appeals where no questions of law are raised by the cassator but contain just abstract references to violations of the provisions of substantive or procedural law and analysis of factual circumstances of the case are not considered as having relevant grounds for cassation.
Information on the structure of the Supreme Court of Lithuania, its divisions, functions and contact information is available at the Reception Office of the Supreme Court (Room 100), Gynėjų 6, Vilnius, tel. (+370-5) 261 64 66
Reception Office of the Supreme Court works:
Mondays – Thursdays:
8.00 – 17.00 h. (without lunch break)
8.00 – 15.45 h. (without lunch break)
The functioning of the Reception Office is regulated by the Regulations of the Reception Office of the Supreme Court of Lithuania approved by Order No.01-01-05 of the Chairman of the Supreme Court of 14 January 2002.
Reception Office of the Supreme Court:
accepts cassation appeal and registers them;
accepts applications, petitions and complaints (written and oral) of persons applying to the Court;
answers to the enquiries by telephone;
registers persons for appointment with the President of the Court or Chairmen of the divisions;
provides information on the procedure before the Supreme Court, the outcome of a hearing of a cassation case, except consultations of legal character.