This page provides you with information on the Lithuanian legal system and an overview of Lithuanian law.
Sources of law are the official means by which legal provisions are conveyed and laid down.
A legal act is an official written document adopted by the competent state institution in which legal provisions are laid down and explained or in which the basis on which legal provisions are applicable in an individual case is indicated. Depending on the nature of the legal information laid down therein, legal acts comprise the following:
Other sources of law
In addition to legislative instruments, the following are also deemed to be sources of primary law:
The following are recognised as secondary sources of law:
The hierarchy of legal acts is as follows:
The Lithuanian Parliament [Seimas] is the only institution entitled to adopt laws. Legal acts adopted by any other state institution must be consistent with the Constitution of the Republic of Lithuania and other laws.
Other legislative instruments may be adopted by:
TheLithuanian database of legal acts (Lietuvos teisės aktų duomenų bazė) is owned and maintained by the Parliament of the Republic of Lithuania.
It contains the following:
The documents in this database are neither official nor legally binding.
You can search the database in both English and Lithuanian. You can access the various types of legislative documents by clicking on the drop-down menu alongside ‘Type’.
You can also find legislation and other legal documents in the Register of legal acts of Lithuania (Lietuvos teisės aktų registras). This site is maintained by the state enterprise Centre of Registers (valstybė įmonė Registrų centras) and is supervised by the Ministry of Justice. From 31 August 2013 the Register will be maintained by the Chancellery of the Parliament of the Republic of Lithuania.
Yes, access to both the register and database of legal acts of Lithuania is free of charge.
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