You can get compensation in cases where:
You can get compensation if you have suffered a serious or non-serious injury to your health.
If a violent crime resulted in the loss of human life, any person to whom a court has awarded material and/or non-material damages incurred as a result of the violent crime is entitled to compensation.
When compensation is paid in advance, i.e. before the criminal proceedings are completed, the right to compensation is conferred on spouses, children, adopted children, parents, adoptive parents and dependants of the deceased.
No. If a victim of violent crime has survived, he or she is the only person entitled to compensation.
Yes, but only in the following two cases:
No, compensation may be paid only for violent crimes committed in the Republic of Lithuania.
Yes. In order for a claim for compensation to be made, a pre-trial investigation must have been launched.
No, you may claim advance compensation payments while the pre-trial investigation is still ongoing.
Yes. When compensation is pursued under the normal procedure, compensation for material and/or non-material damage must be awarded to you by a court judgment. When an advance on the compensation is pursued, you are required to submit a ruling or order confirming your status as a civil claimant.
Yes. In such cases you are required to submit the following:
An application for compensation should be submitted no later than within 10 years of the date of the court judgment ordering payment of compensation for damage incurred due to a violent crime. If a person misses that deadline for compelling reasons, it may be extended.
There is no deadline for submitting applications for the payment of advance compensation.
For example, will the compensation cover:
- Material (non-psychological) damage:
- Psychological (moral) damage:
- Material (non-psychological) damage:
- Psychological damage:
Compensation is normally paid in full as a single payment. In exceptional cases compensation may be paid out in instalments, but no later than within one year from the date of the decision to pay compensation for damage incurred due to a violent crime.
The aforementioned circumstances are only important when dealing with the question of advance compensation. Compensation is not granted if:
This will have no effect when dealing with the question of compensation.
Compensation is granted on the basis of the amount awarded by the court, which, however, may not exceed the maximum amounts specified below.
Compensation for damage paid in advance is calculated on the basis of the documents submitted by you in support of the material damage.
In case of murder the maximum compensation for material damage may not exceed EUR 3 800 and the maximum compensation for non-material damage may not exceed EUR 4 560.
In case of severe injury to health the maximum compensation for material damage may not exceed EUR 3 040 and the maximum compensation for non-material damage may not exceed EUR 3 800.
In case of other violent crimes the maximum compensation for material damage may not exceed EUR 2 280 and the maximum compensation for non-material damage may not exceed EUR 3 040.
If compensation for damage incurred due to a violent crime is paid in advance, the maximum amounts may not exceed half of the above amounts.
Yes, you are expected to quote the amount of compensation claimed, which should be calculated on the basis of the amounts indicated in the court ruling or civil action brought.
Yes. Amounts you received as compensation for damage from other sources will be deducted from the compensation.
Yes, compensation for damages incurred due to violent crimes may be paid in advance if:
No, such a possibility is not envisaged.
When applying for compensation under the normal procedure you should include the following documents with your claim:
When applying for compensation to be paid in advance you should include the following documents with your claim:
No, the claim is accepted and examined free of charge.
The Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Lithuania (Lietuvos Respublikos teisingumo ministerija) decides on compensation claims.
You should send your claim to the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Lithuania (Gedimino pr. 30, LT-01104 Vilnius, Lithuania; email email@example.com).
A decision will be taken within a month following the submission of a claim and all the necessary documents to the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Lithuania.
Decisions taken by the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Lithuania may be challenged before the Lithuanian Administrative Disputes Commission (Lietuvos administracinių ginčų komisija) or Vilnius Regional Administrative Court (Vilniaus apygardos administracinis teismas) within one month from the date on which the decision was communicated.
From the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Lithuania or the units of the State Guaranteed Legal Aid Service (Valstybės garantuojamos teisinės pagalbos tarnyba) and from websites (see information below).
Yes, a person may apply for primary legal aid from the executive authority of the municipality of his or her declared place of residence or from the units of the State Guaranteed Legal Aid Service.
The Lithuanian Association for the Support of Victims of Crime (Lietuvos nusikaltimų aukų rėmimo asociacija) (Valakupių g. 5, LT-10101 Vilnius, Lithuania);
Caritas Lithuania (Lietuvos Caritas, http://www.caritas.lt, Papilio g. 5, LT-44275 Kaunas, Lithuania).
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