REPUBLIC OF LITHUANIA                                     
                                                                                
                               LAW                                              
                                                                                
                               ON                                               
                                                                                
                    THE CONSTITUTIONAL COURT                                    
                                                                                
                                                                                
                                                                                
                            Chapter 1                                           
                                                                                
             The Status of the Constitutional Court                             
                                                                                
                                                                                
                                                                                
     Article 1. The Constitutional Court - a Court Institution                  
                                                                                
     The Constitutional  Court of the Republic of Lithuania shall               
ensure   the supremacy  of the  Constitution of  the Republic  of               
Lithuania in  the legal system as well as constitutional legality               
by deciding, according  to the established procedure, whether the               
laws and  other  legal  acts    adopted  by  the  Seimas  are  in               
conformity with  the Constitution,  and  whether the acts adopted               
by the  President or  the Government  of the  Republic correspond               
with the Constitution and laws.                                                 
     In cases  provided in  the Constitution  and this  Law,  the               
Constitutional  Court shall present conclusions to the Seimas and               
the President of  the Republic.                                                 
     The Constitutional Court shall be an independent court which               
executes   judicial power  according to the procedure established               
by the Constitution  of the Republic of Lithuania and this Law.                 
                                                                                
     Article 2. Laws on the Constitutional Court                                
                                                                                
     The Constitution  of the  Republic of Lithuania and this Law               
shall establish   the  objectives, powers,  and work procedure of               
the Constitutional Court.                                                       
                                                                                
     Article 3. Rules of the Constitutional Court                               
                                                                                
     Internal questions of the Constitutional Court, the rules of               
professional   con duct  of judges,  the structure  of the  Court               
apparatus, clerical  work, and other issues shall be regulated by               
the Rules  of the  Constitutional   Court,  as  approved  by  the               
Constitutional Court.                                                           
                                                                                
     Article 4. Composition and Procedure of Formation of  the                  
               Constitutional Court                                             
                                                                                
     The Constitutional Court shall consist of 9 judges appointed               
for an  unrenewable term of nine years.                                         
     Every three  years, one  third of  the Constitutional  Court               
shall be  reconstituted. The Seimas shall appoint an equal number               
of  judges  to  the  Constitutional  Court  from  the  candidates               
nominated by  the President   of  the Republic  of Lithuania, the               
Chairperson of  the Seimas,  and the   Chairperson of the Supreme               
Court; the  procedure shall also be used  upon the renewal of the               
composition of  the Court.  Upon the  expiration   of the term of               
office, judges  shall continue their duties until new  judges are               
appointed.                                                                      
     The  Seimas   shall   appoint   the   Chairperson   of   the               
Constitutional Court   from  among the  judges  thereof  who  are               
nominated by the President of  the Republic of Lithuania.                       
                                                                                
                                                                                
     Article 5. Constitutional Court Judge Candidates                           
                                                                                
     Citizens of the Republic of Lithuania who have an impeccable               
reputation,   who are trained in law, and who have served, for at               
least 10  years,   in the  legal profession  or  in  an  area  of               
education related  to his   or  her qualifications  as a  lawyer,               
shall be eligible for appointment  to Constitutional Court judge.               
     Names of  candidates to  Constitutional Court judge shall be               
announced   through the  press prior to the consideration thereof               
in the Seimas.                                                                  
     The State and Law Committee of the Seimas shall, at a closed               
sitting,   consider the candidates nominated to the Seimas to the               
post of Constitutional  Court judge, and shall then present their               
conclusions to the Seimas.                                                      
                                                                                
                                                                                
                                                                                
                                                                                
                                                                                
                            Chapter 2                                           
                                                                                
            The Status of Constitutional Court Judges                           
                                                                                
                                                                                
                                                                                
     Article 6. Requirements for Constitutional Court Judges                    
                                                                                
     Judges of  the Constitutional  Court may  not hold any other               
elected   or appointed  office, and  may not  be employed  in any               
business, commercial   or  other private  institution or company,               
with the  exception of  educational or  creative work. They shall               
also be prohibited from receiving any remuneration other than the               
salary established  for judges  and payment  for  educational  or               
creative activities.                                                            
     Constitutional Court  judges  may  not  participate  in  the               
activities of political parties or other political organisations.               
     Constitutional Court  judges may  not be defense counsels or               
representatives   of any  company, institution,  organisation  or               
person.                                                                         
                                                                                
     Article 7. The Oath of the Constitutional Court Judge                      
                                                                                
     Before beginning office, persons appointed to Constitutional               
Court judge shall take an oath in a sitting of the Seimas.                      
     The established text of the oath shall be:                                 
                                                                                
"I, (name, surname),                                                            
                                                                                
Swear to be faithful to the Republic of Lithuania;                              
                                                                                
Swear to honestly and conscientiously discharge the duties of the               
office of Constitutional Court judge;                                           
Swear to defend the Constitutional order of the independent State               
of Lithuania  and to  protect the  supremacy of the Constitution,               
obeying  only the Constitution of the Republic of Lithuania.                    
                                                                                
So help me God!"                                                                
                                                                                
The last sentence may be omitted from the oath.                                 
The oath  shall be  administered by the Chairperson of the Seimas               
in  a sitting of the Seimas.                                                    
     The  oath   shall  be   administered  in  keeping  with  the               
regulations established   for  the procedure of administering the               
oath of Seimas members.                                                         
     Constitutional Court  judges who either do not take the oath               
in the  manner prescribed by law, or who take a conditional oath,               
shall lose   the  powers of  judge.  The  Seimas  shall  adopt  a               
corresponding resolution  thereon.                                              
                                                                                
     Article 8. Immunity of Constitutional Court Judges                         
                                                                                
     The  person   of  a  Constitutional  Court  judge  shall  be               
inviolable.                                                                     
     Constitutional Court  judges may  not  be  found  criminally               
responsible, may not be arrested, and may not be subjected to any               
other restriction  of personal freedom without the consent of the               
Constitutional Court.  Questions of consent to institute criminal               
proceedings  against   a  Constitutional  Court  judge  shall  be               
considered only upon the motion of the Prosecutor-General.                      
     Constitutional Court judges who are detained or delivered to               
a law   enforcement  institution without  personal documents must               
immediately  be released upon establishing their identity.                      
     Entry  into   the  residential   or   office   premises   of               
Constitutional Court  judges, the  inspection or  search  of,  or               
making a  seizure in  such premises   or the inspection or search               
of, or  making a  seizure in  personal or  service automobiles or               
other per  personal means of communication, the bodily inspection               
or search  of judges,  and the  inspection or  seizure  of  their               
property  or   documents  shall  be  prohibited  unless  criminal               
proceedings have been instituted against the Constitutional Court               
judge according to the established procedure.                                   
     Criminal cases  in which  the accused  is  a  Constitutional               
Court judge  shall be tried by the Supreme Court.                               
     Constitutional Court  judges may not be persecuted for their               
speeches  or voting in the Constitutional Court.                                
     The powers  and rights  of the  Constitutional Court and its               
judges may   not be abridged upon the declaration of war or state               
of emergency.                                                                   
                                                                                
     Article 9. Powers of Constitutional Court Judges                           
                                                                                
     Constitutional  Court   judges  shall   have  the  right  to               
participate in   Constitutional  Court sessions with the right of               
decisive vote,  to   be granted  free access  to all material and               
documents submitted  to   Court sessions,  and to  exercise other               
rights provided for by this  Law.                                               
     Constitutional  Court   judges  shall   propose  issues  for               
consideration  at Constitutional Court sessions and shall prepare               
questions assigned to them.                                                     
     Constitutional Court  judges shall have the right to request               
that all  state institutions and their officers, local government               
institutions   and their  officers, state  and  other  companies,               
institutions, organisations,   and  citizens' associations submit               
any documents and information concerning the issue which is being               
prepared for  Court hearing, as well as to  receive the officers'               
explanations on all issues under examination.                                   
     Judges shall  also have  the right  to summon  and  question               
witnesses and experts, to apply for consultations of specialists,               
to commission   persons  to carry  out check  ups,  and  to  send               
inquiries.                                                                      
     Constitutional Court  judges shall  not have  the  right  to               
publicly express   their  opinion concerning  the main  point  of               
issues which  are either   under examination or have been adopted               
for examination in the Constitutional  Court.                                   
                                                                                
     Article 10. Suspension of the Powers of Constitutional                     
               Court Judges                                                     
                                                                                
     The powers  of a Constitutional Court judge may be suspended               
on the  decision of the Constitutional Court upon:                              
     1) consent granted according to the procedure established by               
this  Law   to  institute   criminal  proceedings   against   the               
Constitutional Court  judge;                                                    
     2) a  resolution  of  the  Seimas  to  initiate  impeachment               
proceedings in  the Seimas against the Constitutional Court judge               
after the findings  of the special interrogatory commission; and                
     3) the  declaration of  the judge as missing by an effective               
court order.                                                                    
     Upon suspension  of their  powers,  judges  shall  lose  the               
rights established  by Articles 9 and 15 of this Law.                           
  When   the  grounds   for  suspension   of  the   powers  of  a               
Constitutional   Court judge  cease to  exist, the Constitutional               
Court shall,  within  three days, adopt a decision concerning the               
restoration of  the judge's  powers. If a decision is not adopted               
within the stated period, the  powers of the Constitutional Court               
judge shall  be considered  restored  from the day that the judge               
actually resumes his or her duties upon notifying the Chairperson               
of the Constitutional Court thereof by application.                             
                                                                                
     Article 11. Termination of the Powers of a Constitutional                  
               Court Judge                                                      
                                                                                
     The  powers   of  a  Constitutional  Court  judge  shall  be               
terminated:                                                                     
1) on the expiration of the term of office;                                     
2) upon the death of the judge;                                                 
3) upon voluntary resignation;                                                  
4) if  the judge is incapable of fulfilling his or her duties for               
reasons of health, i.e. if in the course of one year the judge is               
ill for  more than  four months, or if he or she falls ill with a               
fatal or other  lingering disease which precludes him or her from               
discharging the  duties of judge; and                                           
5) upon  being removed  from office  by the  Seimas according  to               
impeachment  proceedings.                                                       
     In the  case prescribed  by  Par.  3  hereof,  the  decision               
concerning the  termination of the powers of Constitutional Court               
judges shall  be   adopted by the Seimas on the recommendation of               
the Seimas Chairperson.                                                         
     In the  case prescribed  by Par.4  hereof, the  Seimas shall               
resolve issues   concerning  the termination  of  the  powers  of               
judges only  when  there  is  a  corresponding  decision  of  the               
Constitutional Court  and the findings  of the medical commission               
formed by the Minister of Health.                                               
                                                                                
     Article 12. Pecuniary Penalties                                            
                                                                                
     Disciplinary   actions    may   not   be   brought   against               
Constitutional Court  judges. For failure to carry out the duties               
established in  this Law   or for nonattendance of Court sittings               
without good reason, a pecuniary  penalty entailing the reduction               
of the  judge's previous  month salary   by as much as 50 percent               
may  be   imposed  on   the  judge   upon  the  decision  of  the               
Constitutional Court.                                                           
                                                                                
     Article 13. The Chairperson of the Constitutional Court                    
                                                                                
     In addition  to the  duties of judge, the Chairperson of the               
Constitutional  Court shall:                                                    
     1) direct the work of the Constitutional Court;                            
     2)  direct  the  preparation  of  issues  submitted  to  the               
Constitutional Court for examination;                                           
     3) convene  and preside  over sittings of the Constitutional               
Court;                                                                          
     4) propose  issues to  be  examined  by  the  Constitutional               
Court;                                                                          
     5) assign work to Constitutional Court judges;                             
     6)  submit  the  composition  of  the  Constitutional  Court               
apparatus and personnel to the Constitutional Court for approval,               
direct the  work of  the apparatus,  and  hire  and  dismiss  the               
apparatus staff;                                                                
     7) issue orders and directives; and                                        
     8) exercise other powers prescribed by this Law.                           
     In resolving  issues related to the work of the apparatus as               
well as   other  internal questions,  the Chairperson shall issue               
orders; the   Chairperson  shall realise  the  procedural  rights               
granted to him or  her by issuing directives.                                   
     The Chairperson of the Constitutional Court shall manage the               
funds   appropriated for  the  operation  of  the  Constitutional               
Court.                                                                          
                                                                                
     Article 14.  Acting for the Chairperson of the                             
               Constitutional  Court                                            
                                                                                
     In the  absence of  the Chairperson  of  the  Constitutional               
Court or  when   he or  she is not in the position to fulfill the               
duties of Chairperson, said duties shall be temporarily performed               
by a  judge appointed  by   the Chairperson of the Constitutional               
Court.                                                                          
     In the  absence of  the Chairperson  of  the  Constitutional               
Court or  the   judge appointed  by him or her to carry out these               
duties, the  office   of Chairperson  of the Constitutional Court               
shall be  temporarily executed  by the Constitutional Court judge               
with the longest term of service  as lawyer.                                    
                                                                                
     Article 15. The Right of Constitutional Court Judges  to                   
               Participate in Sittings of State Institutions                    
                                                                                
     The Chairperson and judges of the Constitutional Court shall               
be entitled   to  participate in  sittings of  the Seimas  of the               
Republic of  Lithuania  and of its committees and commissions, as               
well as  in sittings of the  Government, the Senate of Lithuanian               
Judges, the prosecutor's office,  and other legal institutions.                 
                                                                                
     Article 16. Social and Living Provision for Constitutional                 
               Court Judges                                                     
                                                                                
     Constitutional Court  judges shall be paid a salary which is               
30 per  cent more  than the  maximum salary  of a  Superior Court               
judge.  The   Chairperson     or  temporary  Chairperson  of  the               
Constitutional Court shall be paid  a salary which is 10 per cent               
more than the salary of a Constitutional  Court judge.                          
     Upon leaving  office because  of expiration  of the  term or               
resignation   due to  pensionary age  or health,  judges  of  the               
Constitutional Court shall be paid gratuity on discharge equaling               
6 monthly  salaries. Upon   the  death of  a Constitutional Court               
judge, the  benefit of  the said   amount shall be paid to his or               
her family.  When the powers of a Constitutional  Court judge are               
terminated on  other grounds, he or she shall be paid  a gratuity               
equaling 2  monthly  salaries.  Judges  who  are  dismissed  from               
office according to impeachment proceedings shall not be paid any               
gratuity upon discharge.                                                        
     Pensionary provision  for Constitutional  Court judges shall               
be regulated   by the Law on State Pensions and other laws of the               
Republic of Lithuania.                                                          
     The Government  shall assign  living quarters in Vilnius for               
the term   of office to Constitutional Court judges who either do               
not have  living quarters  in Vilnius  or who live in Vilnius and               
are entitled to State aid in acquiring living quarters.                         
     Upon the expiration of their term, with the exception of the               
cases when  Constitutional Court judges are dismissed from office               
according to  impeachment proceedings,  judges must be assigned a               
job or  office in  a state  institution, or,  when  this  is  not               
possible, another analogous  job or office.                                     
                                                                                
                                                                                
                            Chapter 3                                           
                                                                                
     Basic Rules of Legal Proceedings in the Constitutional                     
                              Court                                             
                                                                                
                   Section 1                                                    
                                                                                
                                                                                
     Article 17. Legality and Independence of Constitutional                    
               Court Activities                                                 
                                                                                
     In carrying  out their  duties, the Constitutional Court and               
its judges  shall be independent of any state institution, person               
or organisation,  and shall  act  only  in  accordance  with  the               
Constitution of the Republic  of Lithuania.                                     
     The Constitutional Court shall obey only the Constitution of               
the Republic  of Lithuania  and laws which are in conformity with               
the Constitution.                                                               
     Interference  with   the  activities   of  a  judge  or  the               
Constitutional   Court by  institutions of  State  authority  and               
administration, the  Seimas  and its officers, political parties,               
political  and   public  organisations,   or  citizens  shall  be               
prohibited and shall incur liability under law.                                 
     The Chairperson  and judges of the Constitutional Court must               
immediately   inform the  Seimas of  attempts  to  influence  the               
Constitutional Court  or any  of its  judges, and  must publicize               
this through mass media.                                                        
     Meetings, pickets,  and  other  actions  staged  within  100               
metres of  the   Constitutional Court  building or  in the  Court               
itself and  which are  aimed at influencing a judge or the Court,               
shall be  considered interference   with  the activities  of  the               
judges or the Court.                                                            
                                                                                
                                                                                
     Article 18. Publicity of Constitutional Court Activities                   
                                                                                
     Information concerning  sittings of the Constitutional Court               
shall   be declared  on the  premises of the Constitutional Court               
and announced   in  mass media through the Lithuanian News Agency               
(ELTA).                                                                         
     Constitutional Court  sittings shall  be open,  and  may  be               
attended by citizens who are of age as well as by representatives               
of the  press   and other mass media. Persons who attend sittings               
in the  Court room   may make tape recordings, short-hand records               
or records of the hearing  from their seats.                                    
     Taking photographs,  filming, and making video recordings or               
television   or radio  broadcasts of  hearings shall be permitted               
only upon the consent  of the Constitutional Court.                             
     The  Constitutional   Court  may  announce  closed  sittings               
provided that  this is necessary for the safeguarding of a State,               
professional, commercial   or  other secret which is protected by               
law, or the security of a citizen  or public morality.                          
     If there  are grounds  to believe  that during  a sitting  a               
threat may   arise  to the  Court or  the  parties  thereof,  the               
Chairperson of  the   Constitutional Court  may issue an order to               
the police  to inspect  the   documents and belongings of persons               
entering the court room or to  carry out bodily searches.                       
     The Constitutional Court may remove persons interfering with               
the normal  work of the Court from the court room.                              
                                                                                
                                                                                
     The  deliberation   and  voting   of  the   judges  of   the               
Constitutional Court   shall not be public, with the exception of               
cases provided for by this  Law.                                                
     The ruling  of the  Constitutional  Court  shall  always  be               
announced publicly  in the court room.                                          
                                                                                
     Article 19. Joint Activities of the Constitutional Court                   
                                                                                
     The Constitutional Court shall jointly investigate cases and               
arrive   at conclusions, provided that no less than two-thirds of               
all the  judges of the Constitutional Court are participating.                  
     In approving  or amending  the Rules  of the  Constitutional               
Court, or   in  resolving other  internal issues,  Constitutional               
Court sittings   shall  be legitimate provided than at least half               
of all the judges  participate therein.                                         
     Rulings shall be passed by majority vote of at least half of               
the judges   participating  in the sitting. In the case of a tie,               
the vote of the  Chairperson shall be decisive.                                 
                                                                                
     Article 20. The Language of the Court                                      
                                                                                
     In the Constitutional Court, legal proceedings shall be held               
and rulings   shall  be passed  and announced  in the  Lithuanian               
language. Documents written in other languages shall be submitted               
and announced  in their  Lithuanian translation  and after having               
been approved by a notary.                                                      
     People participating  in sittings who do not know Lithuanian               
shall  be guaranteed the right to use a translator.                             
                                                                                
     Article 21. Types of Constitutional Court Sittings                         
                                                                                
     The  Constitutional  Court  shall  hold  organizational  and               
procedural   sittings as  well as  court hearings. Sittings shall               
either be  convened   by the  Chairperson of  the  Constitutional               
Court or held at the time  set by the Constitutional Court.                     
     The form  of organizational and procedural sittings shall be               
free.                                                                           
     Concrete cases  shall be  tried  in  court  hearings.  These               
hearings shall   be  held according to the procedures established               
by this Law.                                                                    
                                                                                
     Article 22. Rulings and Decisions of the Constitutional                    
               Court                                                            
                                                                                
     The Constitutional  Court shall  settle cases  in essence by               
passing  rulings. The Constitutional Court shall announce rulings               
in the name  of the Republic of Lithuania.                                      
     In cases  provided  by  this  Law,  the  final  act  of  the               
Constitutional  Court shall be called the conclusions.                          
     The Constitutional Court shall adopt decisions on individual               
questions  which prevent a case from being settled.                             
     The Constitutional  Court shall  adopt rulings, conclusions,               
and decisions   in  the deliberation  room. Upon consultation and               
without leaving  to the  deliberation  room,  the  Constitutional               
Court may  adopt a  decision concerning simple issues  as well as               
the imposition  of penalties  during a  sitting.  When  such    a               
decision  is  adopted,  the  Chairperson  of  the  sitting  shall               
immediately   read it  aloud and  it shall  be  recorded  in  the               
sitting records.                                                                
                                                                                
     Article 23. Organizational Sittings of the Constitutional                  
               Court                                                            
                                                                                
     Internal questions,  issues of  material investigation,  and               
other issues   shall  be considered and settled in organizational               
sessions. The Chairperson  and judges of the Constitutional Court               
shall propose issues for consideration.  The Constitutional Court               
shall approve  the agenda  and  schedule  of    sittings  by  its               
decision.                                                                       
 If  necessary, scientists,  specialists, and other persons shall               
be  invited to organizational sittings.                                         
                                                                                
                                                                                
                                                                                
     Article 24. Preliminary Investigation of Material                          
                                                                                
     Issues   presented   to   the   Constitutional   Court   for               
consideration must   be preliminary investigated. The Chairperson               
of the  Constitutional   Court shall charge one or several judges               
with conducting the investigation  upon setting the term for this               
work.                                                                           
     The Chairperson  of the  Constitutional Court  shall  evenly               
distribute  the preparatory work to judges.                                     
     A judge,  upon beginning  the investigation  of the material               
which is  given, shall:                                                         
1) ascertain  that the  grounds established in Articles 69 and 80               
of  this Law for refusal to examine a petition or inquiry are not               
present;                                                                        
2) ascertain  that the  grounds established in Articles 70 and 81               
of   this Law  for the  return of  a petition  or inquiry  of the               
petitioner  are not present; and                                                
3) establish  which issues  must be  clarified before the case is               
prepared  for the sitting.                                                      
                                                                                
     Article 25. Report of the Results of the Preliminary                       
               Investigation                                                    
                                                                                
     Upon the  carrying out  of the preliminary investigation and               
necessary   preparatory acts, a judge shall draw up a certificate               
with proposals  and shall report it to:                                         
1) the  Chairperson of  the Constitutional Court, in proposing to               
accept   a petition  or inquiry  and begin the preparation of the               
case for  a  sitting of the Constitutional Court in the procedure               
established by  Article 27 of this Law if the petition or inquiry               
is within the jurisdiction  of the Constitutional Court and is in               
conformity with other requirements  of this Law;                                
2) the  Chairperson of  the Constitutional Court, in proposing to               
return  the petition or inquiry to the petitioner if the material               
conforms   to the  conditions provided  in Articles  70 and 81 of               
this Law; and                                                                   
3)  the  procedural  sitting  of  the  Constitutional  Court,  in               
proposing   to adopt a decision to refuse to examine the petition               
or inquiry  if   the material conforms to the conditions provided               
in Articles 69 and  80 of this Law.                                             
     In settling the issues provided in paragraphs 1 and 2 of the               
first part of this Article, the Chairperson of the Constitutional               
Court shall  adopt decrees. If, due to the aforementioned issues,               
disagreements   arise between a judge and the Chair-person of the               
Constitutional Court,   such  issues shall  be  referred  to  the               
procedural  sitting   of  the   Constitutional    Court  for  the               
consideration and decision.                                                     
                                                                                
     Article 26. Suspension of Validity of Acts of the President                
               or Government of the Republic                                    
                                                                                
     In cases  when the Constitutional Court receives a motion of               
the President   of  the Republic to investigate the conformity of               
an act  of the  Government   with the  Constitution, or  when  it               
receives a resolution of the Seimas to investigate the conformity               
of an  act of  the President  of the  Republic or  an act  of the               
Government with  the Constitution,  the preliminary investigation               
of that material must be carried out within 3 days, and the issue               
of  whether   to  accept  the  petition  for  a  hearing  in  the               
Constitutional Court must be settled.                                           
     If the  Constitutional Court  adopts a  decision to accept a               
petition   for a  hearing, the  Chairperson of the Constitutional               
Court shall  immediately   give an official announcement about it               
either in  "The News  of the   Seimas  and the  Government of the               
Republic of Lithuania" or in a special publication of the Seimas,               
or in  newspapers through  the Lithuanian  News Agency (ELTA). In               
this announcement, the Chairperson must state  the exact title of               
the act  in question,  the date  of its  adoption, and  that,  in               
accordance with  Article 106  of the Constitution of the Republic               
of Lithuania, the validity of the aforementioned act is suspended               
from the day of its official announcement until the ruling of the               
Constitution Court concerning this case is announced.                           
     In cases when the Constitutional Court, having tried a case,               
adopts   a ruling  that the act in question is in conformity with               
the Constitution,   the  Chairperson of  the Constitutional Court               
shall immediately  make  an official announcement about it in the               
publications mentioned  in   the second  part of this Article. In               
this announcement,  the Chairperson   of the Constitutional Court               
shall state  the exact title of the act  in question, the date of               
its adoption, the main point of the ruling  of the Constitutional               
Court concerning  this issue,  and that  the  validity    of  the               
suspended act shall be restored from the day that this ruling  is               
announced.                                                                      
                                                                                
     Article 27. Preparation of Cases for Sittings of the                       
               Constitutional Court                                             
                                                                                
     A case shall be prepared for a sitting of the Constitutional               
Court   by the  chairperson-appointed judge of the Constitutional               
Court. Normally,  this judge shall be the one who has carried out               
the preliminary investigation  of the appropriate material.                     
     The judge shall conduct the following activities:                          
 1)  in  necessary  cases,  interrogate  the  petitioner  or  the               
petitioner's    representative  about  the  main  points  of  the               
demands, hear  the  petitioner's    arguments,  and  propose,  if               
necessary, that additional evidence be  presented;                              
 2)  in necessary  cases, interrogate the person concerned or the               
person's   representative about  the circumstances  of the  case,               
ascertain the  person's counter-arguments and available evidence,               
and, if necessary,  propose that explanations concerning the case               
be presented in writing;                                                        
 3)  interrogate witnesses  and decide  whether or  not to summon               
them  to the Court;                                                             
 4)  request and  obtain documentary  and material  evidence  and               
other   necessary material  from persons, state institutions, and               
other organizations;                                                            
  5)  commission  an  examination,  and  summon  and  interrogate               
specialists  who are impartial to the results of the case; and                  
  6)  carry  out  other  actions  which  are  necessary  for  the               
preparation  of the case for the court hearing.                                 
 The  case material  - copies  of  the  petition  to  verify  the               
conformity   of a legal act with the Constitution or laws, copies               
of legal  acts   under  examination,  copies  of  other  received               
documents -  must be  sent   to the  parties to the case within 3               
days of  the beginning  of the  preparation   of the case for the               
court hearing.                                                                  
     The  judge,   having  carried   out  preparatory   acts  and               
considering the  case to be adequately prepared, shall propose to               
pass a  decision to  assign the case for the hearing in the Court               
sitting during a procedural  sitting of the Constitutional Court.               
                                                                                
     Article 28. Procedural Sittings of the Constitutional  Court               
                                                                                
                                                                                
     The following  issues  shall  be  considered  in  procedural               
sittings of   the  Constitutional Court:  issues  concerning  the               
acceptance of  petitions  provided in Article 26 of this Law; all               
cases of  the refusal  to examine   a petition or inquiry; issues               
concerning the  preparation of  cases   for  hearing;  and  other               
issues of preparation for court hearings.                                       
     Having heard  the report  of the  judge and having discussed               
the issue   of the preparation of the case for the court hearing,               
the  Constitutional   Court  shall  pass  one  of  the  following               
decisions:                                                                      
 1)  to assign  the case  for hearing  in the  Court sitting  and               
appoint  a court speaker;                                                       
 2) to return the case for additional investigation; and                        
 3)  to refuse  to hear  the case in the procedure established in               
Articles  69 and 80 of this Law.                                                
     Minutes shall  be taken  during procedural  sittings of  the               
Constitutional  Court.                                                          
     Upon the invitation of the Chairperson of the Constitutional               
Court, scientists,  specialists, and  other necessary persons may               
participate  in  procedural  sittings.  With  permission  of  the               
chairperson of the  sitting, said persons may speak on the issue.               
                                                                                
     Article 29. Terms of the Hearing of Appeals in the                         
               Constitutional Court                                             
                                                                                
     Upon receiving  an appeal - a petition or inquiry - which is               
within  the jurisdiction of the Constitutional Court and which is               
presented  in   the  procedure   established  by  this  Law,  the               
Constitutional Court   must  begin investigation  within 7  days,               
i.e. commission a judge of  the Constitutional Court to start the               
preliminary investigation.                                                      
     The hearing  of the  case must  be finished  and  the  final               
ruling or  conclusions   passed within  4 months  of the  day the               
petition or  inquiry is  received  by  the  Constitutional  Court               
unless otherwise provided by the Constitutional  Court.                         
                                                                                
     Article 30. Limits of Court Hearings of the Constitutional                 
               Court                                                            
                                                                                
     The Constitutional  Court shall  investigate and decide only               
legal issues.                                                                   
                                                                                
     Article 31. Persons Participating in Cases                                 
                                                                                
     The following  persons shall  be considered  parties to  the               
case:                                                                           
the petitioner  - the  state institution,  the  group  of  Seimas               
members   who are  granted by  law the  right  to  apply  to  the               
Constitutional  Court     with  a  petition  to  investigate  the               
conformity of  a legal  act with   the Constitution or laws or to               
pass a finding, or their representatives;                                       
the person  concerned -  the state  institution which has adopted               
the legal  act whose conformity with the Constitution and laws is               
under investigation  or its  representative;  Seimas  members  or               
other state   officers,  the constitutionality  of whose  actions               
must be  investigated due  to impeachment  proceedings which have               
been  initiated   against  them     in   the  Seimas   or   their               
representative; the  President of the Republic,  when conclusions               
are presented  concerning his  or her  state of  health   or  the               
President's representative.                                                     
     The parties  to the case shall have equal procedural rights.               
They shall  have the  right to  get familiar with the material of               
the case,  make extractions,  duplicates,  and  copies  from  it,               
declare  suspensions,   provide  evidence,   participate  in  the               
investigation of  evidence, question other persons, witnesses and               
experts  participating   in  the     case,  make  requests,  give               
explanations, provide  their own  arguments   and reasonings, and               
object to  requests, arguments  and reasonings  of other  persons               
participating in the case.                                                      
                                                                                
     Article 32. Representation in the Constitutional Court                     
                                                                                
     Parties  to   the  case  may  conduct  their  cases  in  the               
Constitutional  Court   either  personally   or   through   their               
representatives.                                                                
     According  to   the  law,   state  institutions   shall   be               
represented by  their heads,  who shall  present documents to the               
Constitutional Court  which  confirm their post. Groups of Seimas               
members shall  choose their own  representative (representatives)               
and indicate this representative  in the petition which is signed               
by all  appealing  Seimas  members;  their  signatures  shall  be               
confirmed by the Seimas Chairperson or deputy  Chairperson.                     
     At behest, representatives of the parties to the case in the               
Constitutional Court  may be only advocates or persons possessing               
law degrees,  or persons  having legal experience in higher state               
institutions. An advocate's  powers of attorney shall be approved               
by the  warrant. Other  persons   shall be  issued the  powers of               
attorney by the heads of the institutions that they represent.                  
     The head  of the  institution may  also  commission  another               
employee of   that  institution for  the representation of his or               
her institute by  issuing that person the powers of attorney.                   
                                                                                
     Article 33. Parties to the Action                                          
                                                                                
     In this  Law, parties  to the  action  shall  be  considered               
parties to   the case, their representatives, witnesses, experts,               
invited specialists  and interpreters.                                          
                                                                                
     Article 34. Evidence                                                       
                                                                                
     Any facts  shall be  admitted as  evidence on  the basis  of               
which  the   Constitutional   Court   states   that   there   are               
circumstances which  justify  the  requests  or  rebukes  of  the               
parties to the case or that there are  no such circumstances.                   
     These  facts   shall  be   established  on   the  basis   of               
explanations of the  parties to the case, testimony of witnesses,               
documentary evidence,  and findings of experts.                                 
     Each party  to the  case must prove the circumstances on the               
basis of which they make their requests and retorts.                            
     Parties to  the case shall present evidence. If there is not               
enough evidence, the Court shall propose that additional evidence               
be presented.                                                                   
     The Court  shall  accept  only  that  evidence  which  prove               
circumstances  which   are  of   importance  to   the  case   for               
investigation.                                                                  
     It shall  be not  required to  prove the circumstances which               
are recognized  by the Constitutional Court to be publicly known.               
     Facts which  are established by ruling of the Constitutional               
Court which  have become  legal in  one case  shall not be proved               
again in hearings  of other cases.                                              
                                                                                
     Article 35. Assessment of Evidence                                         
                                                                                
     Evidence presented to the Constitutional Court shall have no               
obligatory  force in advance.                                                   
     The Court shall assess evidence in accordance with the inner               
conviction   of judges  which shall  be based  on  the  detailed,               
comprehensive and   objective examination of the whole complex of               
the circumstances  of   the case  in the  Court  sitting  and  in               
observance of the laws.                                                         
                                                                                
     Article 36. The Witness                                                    
                                                                                
     Any person who may know some circumstances related to a case               
may be  a witness.  A person summoned to be a witness must appear               
before the Court or  the judge and must testify truthfully.                     
     For failure  to appear  before the judge or the Court due to               
reasons   which are  recognized as  unimportant by  the Court,  a               
penalty may  be   imposed on the witness; if the witness fails to               
appear at a sitting  without a valid reason for a second time, he               
or she may be brought  by force by the police.                                  
     For the  refusal or avoidance of testimony, or for knowingly               
false   testimony, a  witness shall  be liable in accordance with               
laws. Witnesses   shall  be warned  about their  liability in the               
sitting of the Constitutional  Court and shall sign on.                         
     Expenses related  to the  appearance of witnesses before the               
judge and   their participation in sittings of the Constitutional               
Court  shall     be  covered  from  the  funds  assigned  to  the               
Constitutional Court for  those purposes.                                       
                                                                                
     Article 37. The Expert                                                     
                                                                                
     A person  having the  required knowledge to provide findings               
may be  appointed as an expert. If necessary, several experts may               
be appointed.                                                                   
     The judge  who prepares  the case for hearing shall have the               
right to   ask  questions to  which the expert's findings must be               
provided, while   each  party to the case shall have such a right               
during the sitting.                                                             
     These questions shall be finally determined by the Court.                  
Upon the  summons of  the Court or a judge, a person appointed as               
expert must  be in  attendance and provide the objective findings               
on the questions  posed.                                                        
     Experts shall  have the  right to get familiar with the case               
material,  to   participate  in  the  case  hearing,  to  address               
witnesses and  persons  participating in the case with questions,               
and to ask for additional  material.                                            
     Penalties may  be imposed  on experts  for failure to attend               
upon the   summons  of the Court or a judge or for an unjustified               
refusal to provide  the findings.                                               
     Experts shall be liable in accordance with criminal laws for               
providing   the findings which are knowingly false. Experts shall               
be warned of  this and shall sign on.                                           
     Experts shall  be compensated  for their work if the work is               
not obligatory  to them by virtue of their office, as well as for               
other expenses  incurred  for participation in the sitting of the               
Constitutional  Court   from     the  funds   assigned   to   the               
Constitutional Court for these purposes.                                        
                                                                                
     Article 38. Expert Findings                                                
                                                                                
     Expert findings  shall be  presented in writing and shall be               
set forth   in  the examination  act  which  state  the  executed               
investigations, the   findings  made  on  their  basis,  and  the               
reasoned answers to the questions  posed by the Court.                          
     If there  are several  experts, they  shall deliberate among               
themselves   before providing  the findings. If the experts reach               
the common findings,  that findings shall be signed by all of the               
experts. Experts  who do  not agree with other experts shall sign               
their own findings.                                                             
     Expert findings shall have no obligatory force in advance.                 
                                                                                
     Article 39. Compensation of Expenses Incurred by Parties  to               
               the Case                                                         
                                                                                
     Expenses of  the parties  to the  case related to attendance               
and participation   in  legal proceedings  of the  Constitutional               
                                                                                
Court shall  be compensated    by  the  institutions  which  they               
represent.                                                                      
                                                                                
     Article 40. The Right of the Constitutional Court to  Impose               
               Penalties                                                        
                                                                                
     The Constitutional  Court shall  have the  right  to  impose               
penalties  when:                                                                
     1) officials  and persons, at the set time and without valid               
reasons,   fail to fulfill the requirements of the Constitutional               
Court or  its  judge to present documents or material, to approve               
documents or texts  of acts, or to carry out investigations;                    
     2) without  valid reasons,  a witness  or  expert  fails  to               
attend, refuses   to  attend, or does not inform of their failure               
to appear before the  Constitutional Court or the judge;                        
     3) an  expert, without valid reasons, refuses to provide the               
findings;                                                                       
     4) a party to the case, after being reprimanded once, speaks               
out of   turn or insults participants of the sitting or the Court               
a second  time; and                                                             
     5) a  person who is in the court room violates order or does               
not listen   to  the demands of the Chairperson of the sitting to               
maintain order.                                                                 
     The Constitutional  Court shall  have the  right to impose a               
penalty   on citizens  and representatives  of the parties to the               
case equalling    up  to  one  average  monthly  salary,  and  on               
officials - up to four average  monthly salaries for each case of               
violation.                                                                      
     When violations stated in the first part of this Article are               
committed   during a  sitting, the decision of the Constitutional               
Court concerning   the  imposition of  a penalty  shall be passed               
immediately during  the   sitting. In  other cases,  the decision               
concerning the imposition of  a penalty shall be passed after the               
investigation. In  all cases, the  decision of the Constitutional               
Court concerning  the imposition  of   a penalty shall be entered               
into the  record of the sitting where the  name, surname, working               
place and address of the violator shall be  stated.                             
     The decision  of the  Constitutional  Court  concerning  the               
imposition  of a penalty (extract from the record of the sitting)               
shall be sent  to the bailiff to conduct.                                       
                                                                                
     Article 41. Joining of Petitions                                           
                                                                                
     Upon establishing  that there  are  two  or  more  petitions               
concerning   the conformity  of  the  same  legal  act  with  the               
Constitution or  laws,   the Constitutional  Court may  join them               
into one case before the beginning  of the court hearing.                       
                                                                                
     Article 42. Summonses of the Constitutional Court                          
                                                                                
     Parties to  the case  and  their  representatives  shall  be               
informed by  summonses of the Court of the time of the sitting of               
the Constitutional   Court  and the time and place of performance               
of  separate   procedural   actions.   Witnesses,   experts   and               
interpreters shall be summoned to the Court by summonses as well.               
Consequences for  failure to  appear   before the  Court shall be               
stated in the summons.                                                          
     Summonses shall  be delivered through messengers or by mail.               
The time   when the addressee is presented with the summons shall               
be stated  in   the delivered  summons and  in the  part  of  the               
summons returned  to the  Court which shall contain the signature               
confirming the delivery of  the summons.                                        
     Summons to  appear in  court for parties to the case must be               
delivered   no later  than 7  days before  the beginning  of  the               
sitting.                                                                        
                                                                                
     Article 43. Sitting Notices                                                
                                                                                
     Sitting  notices   must  be   presented  to  judges  of  the               
Constitutional   Court no  later than 7 days before the beginning               
of the  sitting. Duplicates   of  the material  of the case under               
examination  shall   be  delivered   to    the  judges  upon  the               
commencement of the preliminary investigation  of the material.                 
                                                                                
                                                                                
                  Section 2                                                     
                                                                                
                        Court Proceedings                                       
                                                                                
                                                                                
                                                                                
     Article 44. Court Hearings                                                 
                                                                                
     A case  shall be  investigated by  the Constitutional  Court               
only once  the parties to the case have been notified of this.                  
Absence of  the parties  in a  court  hearing  shall  not  be  an               
obstacle   in conducting the investigation of the case, passing a               
ruling or conclusion,  or adopting other decisions.                             
      While  investigating a  case, the Constitutional Court must               
directly  examine evidence: they must listen to the statements of               
the  persons   participating  in   the  case,  the  testimony  of               
witnesses, and the findings  of experts, and must examine written               
and other evidence.                                                             
     The Court  shall not  have the  right to  investigate  other               
cases until   the investigation of the case at hand is settled or               
its investigation  is suspended.                                                
     Only parties  to the case, their representatives, witnesses,               
experts,   and invited  specialists and officers may speak in the               
Court.                                                                          
                                                                                
     Article 45. The Chairperson of Court Hearings                              
                                                                                
     Court hearings  shall be presided over by the Chairperson of               
the Constitutional   Court;  in the absence or on the instruction               
of the  Chairperson, hearings   shall  be presided  over  by  the               
deputy Chairperson  of the Constitutional  Court, and if they are               
also absent  - by  a judge  selected by the Constitutional  Court               
other than the judge who is acting as speaker.                                  
     The presiding  Chairperson: shall  conduct the  hearing  and               
take measures                                                                   
to fully  and impartially  investigate the  circumstances of  the               
case;                                                                           
shall exclude  all things  which are  irrelevant to the case from               
the   trial; shall  interrupt the  parties if  they  speak  about               
matters which  are irrelevant to the case or which are not within               
the jurisdiction   of the Constitutional Court; and shall deprive               
speakers of  speech   when they start speaking at their own will,               
when they  do not fulfill  the requirements of the Chairperson of               
the court hearing, when they speak in a rude or insulting manner,               
or  when   they  show   disrespect  for   the   Constitution   or               
constitutional order of the State.                                              
     The Chairperson of the court hearing shall have the right to               
require anyone  who breaches  procedure or disobeys his orders to               
leave the court room. A party to the case who ignores a reprimand               
of the  Chairperson of  the court hearing may be removed from the               
court room by Court decision.                                                   
     The Chairperson  of the court hearing shall warn the persons               
present in  the court  room that if their conduct interferes with               
the court hearing and that upon repeated violation of order, they               
may be removed from the court room.                                             
     The Chairperson of the Court shall announce a recess when it               
is necessary  to take  a rest,  when parties to the case must get               
                                                                                
ready for  the final  speech, at  the end  of working hours, when               
normal work is obstructed, and in other cases.                                  
                                                                                
     Article 46. Procedure for Court Hearings                                   
                                                                                
     The persons  present in  the court  room must keep order and               
respect  the   Court,  and  must,  without  objection,  obey  the               
Chairperson's demands to maintain order.                                        
     Minors, if  they are  not witnesses,  shall not  be admitted               
into the court room.                                                            
     When the  judges enter or leave the court room, and when the               
decision or ruling of the Constitutional Court is being declared,               
the court shall rise. All parties to the action shall stand while               
addressing the  Court, speaking,  and giving  their testimony and               
explanations.                                                                   
     The Court  shall be addressed with the words "High Court" or               
"Honourable Court".                                                             
     During hearings  of the Constitutional Court, order shall be               
kept by the Court clerk.                                                        
     Demands of  the clerk  to  keep  order  or  to  fulfill  the               
instructions of  the Chair-person  shall  be  obligatory  to  all               
parties to the case.                                                            
     If, during  the court  hearing, parties  to the  case breach               
order, disobey   demands  of the Chairperson of the court hearing               
to  keep   order,  or     violate  other  rules  adopted  by  the               
Constitutional Court, they may  be removed from the court room or               
be held liable under law.                                                       
                                                                                
     Article 47. The Preparatory Stage of the Court Hearing                     
                                                                                
     At the  set time, the Chairperson of the court hearing shall               
announce   the commencement  of the hearing of the Constitutional               
Court as well  as which case shall be tried.                                    
     The secretary  of the  Constitutional  Court  hearing  shall               
announce which   of  the summoned  persons are present as well as               
the reasons  for which   the  other persons have failed to appear               
before court.                                                                   
     The Court  shall identify  the persons  who are present, and               
shall verify  the powers of the officials and representatives. If               
anyone from  the   parties fails to appear or if a representative               
does not  have due  power,  the Constitutional Court shall decide               
whether or not it is possible  to begin the hearing.  Experts and               
parties to  the case shall be informed  by the Chairperson of the               
hearing of  their rights  and duties, and  other summoned persons               
shall be  informed by  the  Chairperson  of  their    duties  and               
responsibility.                                                                 
     Requests of  the parties  to the  case shall  be  heard  and               
settled by  the Court.                                                          
                                                                                
     Article 48. Self-suspension or Suspension of Constitutional                
               Court Judges                                                     
                                                                                
     A Constitutional  Court judge  may  suspend  himself  or  be               
suspended from  the investigation of a case if he:                              
     1) is  a relative  of one  of the parties to the case and if               
the matter  in dispute is of a personal nature; or                              
     2) has  publicly declared  how the  case under investigation               
should be  settled.                                                             
     If circumstances  indicated in  part 1  of this  Article are               
present,   the judge  must announce  them in writing prior to the               
commencement   of the  hearing, and  must ask  the Constitutional               
Court to settle the  issue of the judge's suspension. On the same               
grounds and  according  to the same procedure, the parties to the               
case may also declare justified  suspension.                                    
     If a  suspension has been declared, the Constitutional Court               
must hear   the  arguments of  the parties to the case. The Court               
shall settle issues  of self-suspension or suspension in the room               
designated for deliberation.                                                    
                                                                                
                                                                                
     Article 49. Suspension of the Investigation of a Case                      
                                                                                
     The investigation  of a  case  may  be  suspended  upon  the               
decision of  the Constitutional Court if:                                       
     1) the issue has not been adequately prepared and additional               
examination  is necessary;                                                      
     2) it is necessary to obtain new evidence; or                              
     3) other vital reasons turn up.                                            
     In suspending  a case  hearing, the Constitutional Court may               
set another   date  for the  hearing and  announce  that  persons               
present sign for this.                                                          
     In  suspending  a  case  hearing,  the  Court  may  question               
witnesses who   are  present and  who will  normally no longer be               
summoned.                                                                       
     Having renewed  a  case  hearing,  the  Court  shall  decide               
whether to  start   the hearing  DE nova or to resume the hearing               
from place  in the  legal   process where  the case  hearing  was               
suspended.                                                                      
                                                                                
     Article 50. Examination of Evidence                                        
                                                                                
     The hearing  of a  case shall begin in essence with a speech               
by the   court speaker, in which the main points of the case, the               
cause and   grounds  of its  investigation, and  the contents and               
other necessary   data related to the available material shall be               
established. The Constitutional  Court judges may ask the speaker               
questions. After this, the statements  of the parties to the case               
shall be  heard, beginning  with that  of the  petitioner.  These               
persons shall  have the right to ask each other  questions and to               
voice their  opinion on  each other's  statement or  request. The               
Constitutional Court judges may also ask them questions.                        
     The Chairperson  of the hearing shall read aloud the written               
pleadings  of the parties to the case.                                          
     Prior to the questioning of witnesses, the Chairperson shall               
establish  their   identity  and   shall  warn   them  of   their               
responsibility upon  signing   for refusal or avoidance of giving               
evidence as well as for evidence  which they know is false.                     
     A witness may be asked questions after giving testimony. The               
written   evidence of  witnesses shall be read aloud at the Court               
hearing.                                                                        
     Written evidence  or the  records of their examination shall               
be read   aloud  at the  Court hearing  and shall be given to the               
parties to the  case so that they can familiarize themselves with               
the material,  and   who thereafter  shall be  able to give their               
explanations.                                                                   
     Material evidence  shall be  examined by the Court; evidence               
shall also   be  shown to  the  parties  to  the  case,  and,  as               
necessary, to  experts   and witnesses.  Parties to  the case may               
give explanations relative  to material evidence.                               
     Expert statements shall be read aloud at the Court hearing.                
     An expert  may be  asked questions.  As necessary, the Court               
may set  additional or repeated expert examinations.                            
     Upon examining  all of  the evidence, the Chairperson of the               
court hearing   shall ask the parties to the case if they want to               
supplement the case  material. The Court shall settle requests by               
adopting decisions  concerning  them. When the requests have been               
settled or  when there  are no  requests,  the Chairperson of the               
court hearing  shall announce  the completion  of the examination               
of evidence.                                                                    
                                                                                
     Article 51. Court Arguments                                                
                                                                                
     Court arguments  shall consist  of  the  statements  of  the               
parties to  the action. During court arguments, the plaintiff and               
his representative shall present their statements first, followed               
by the interested person  and his representative.                               
     After that,  the parties  to the case may speak for a second               
time concerning   the  previous pleadings. The right to the final               
statement shall  always   belong to the interested person and his               
representative.                                                                 
     If the  Constitutional Court  acknowledges, in the course of               
the court   arguments,  that new  circumstances pertaining to the               
case must  be disclosed  or new evidence must be investigated, it               
shall adopt  a decision  for   the renewal  of the examination of               
evidence. Upon completing the investigation  of the evidence, the               
Court shall  hear the  arguments again  according  to the general               
procedure.                                                                      
                                                                                
     Article 52. Taking of Minutes                                              
                                                                                
     Minutes shall  be taken  for each  Court hearing, as well as               
for each   separate  procedural action which is performed outside               
of the  court   hearing. Minutes  shall be  taken  by  the  court               
hearing secretary.                                                              
     Record  of   hearings  of  the  Constitutional  Court  shall               
indicate:                                                                       
     the place  and the  date of  the hearing  and as well as the               
time of its  commencement and conclusion;                                       
     the full name and office of the Chairperson of the hearing;                
     the full  names of  the judges participating in the case and               
the secretary of the hearing;                                                   
     the issue under investigation;                                             
     data relative to the parties to the case;                                  
     the witnesses and experts participating in the case;                       
     other officials present at the hearing;                                    
     the consecutive  order and the results of the actions of the               
Constitutional  Court;                                                          
     the decisions of the Constitutional Court;                                 
     the explanations and statements of the parties to the case;                
     records  of   warnings  issued   to  witnesses  and  experts               
concerning their  responsibility;                                               
     the evidence of witnesses and experts;                                     
     the questions  put to  parties to  the case,  witnesses  and               
experts as well as their responses;                                             
     data concerning  the  examination  of  documents  and  other               
evidence;                                                                       
     the contents of pleadings;                                                 
     facts which  parties to  the action request to be entered in               
the record;                                                                     
     violations of  procedure as  well as  other facts concerning               
contempt for  the Constitutional Court, reprimands, penalties and               
other procedural  measures; and                                                 
     that the decision or other ruling has been read aloud.                     
     The course  and speeches  of Constitutional  Court  hearings               
must be recorded  in the minutes as accurately and comprehensibly               
as possible.  The evidence   of  witnesses and  the  findings  of               
experts shall be recorded on a separate sheet and shall be signed               
by them;  these evidence  and findings  shall  be attached to the               
record as  a constituent  part. Hearings  may  be  recorded    in               
shorthand, although  the stenographic  record of  a hearing shall               
not be added to the record.                                                     
     Audio and  video recordings  made during  a hearing shall be               
added to  the record and the existence thereof shall be indicated               
in the record.                                                                  
     The record must be completed within 2 days of the conclusion               
or suspension   of  the hearing.  A printed version of the record               
shall be  signed by   the Chairperson of the Constitutional Court               
and by the secretary of  the hearing.                                           
                                                                                
     Article 53. Confidentiality of Deliberations of the                        
               Constitutional Court                                             
                                                                                
     Constitutional Court  judges who  have participated in court               
arguments   shall retire  to the  deliberation  room  to  make  a               
ruling. The  Chairperson   of the  hearing shall announce this to               
the persons present in the court  room.                                         
     During  the   deliberation  and  adoption  of  decisions  or               
conclusions,   only Constitutional Court judges may be present in               
the deliberation  room.                                                         
     The Chairperson  of the  hearing shall lead the deliberation               
of the   judges,  guaranteeing them  the opportunity  to  express               
their opinion freely and without hindrance. In seeking a thorough               
and  exhaustive  deliberation,  the  Chairperson  shall  organise               
voting  as  well  as  the    recording  and  drawing  up  of  the               
resolution.  Upon   the  conclusion   of      deliberation,   the               
Constitutional Court  may  invite  the  Court  officer    to  the               
deliberation room  to  be  dictated  and  record  the  ruling  or               
conclusion  of the Constitutional Court.                                        
     Neither the  Constitutional Court judges nor the officer who               
participated  in the hearing shall have the right to announce the               
opinions voiced   in  the deliberation  room or  how  the  judges               
voted.                                                                          
                                                                                
     Article 54. Issues Settled upon the Adoption of a Ruling                   
                                                                                
     In adopting a ruling, the Court shall weigh the evidence and               
state which  preponderant circumstances have been established and               
which have  not been  established, which Constitutional or lawful               
norm must  be   applied in  the case  at hand,  and  whether  the               
petition is awardable.                                                          
     The Court  shall base  its ruling only on the evidence which               
was investigated  during the court hearing.                                     
     The Court  shall, upon  deciding in  deliberation  that  new               
circumstances  must   be  disclosed   or  new  evidence  must  be               
investigated, pass  a decision  to renew the investigation of the               
case and shall determine which additional procedural actions must               
be performed.                                                                   
                                                                                
     Article 55. Procedure for Adopting a Constitutional                        
               Court Ruling                                                     
                                                                                
     The ruling  of the  Constitutional Court concerning the case               
shall be   made  in the  deliberation room.  The ruling  must  be               
presented within   1 month of the completion of the investigation               
of the case.                                                                    
     Rulings shall  be made  by majority  vote. In the event of a               
tie vote,  the vote  of the  Chairperson of  the hearing shall be               
decisive. Judges   shall  not have the right to refuse to vote or               
to abstain from voting.                                                         
     Adopted rulings  shall be set forth in writing and signed by               
all the  participating judges.                                                  
     The discussion  of amendments  to rulings  must  be  put  in               
writing prior  to the signing by judges.                                        
                                                                                
      Article 56. The Contents of Constitutional Court Rulings                  
                                                                                
     The ruling  of the  Constitutional Court  on a case shall be               
drawn up  as a separate document.                                               
     It shall state:                                                            
     the title, date and place of the ruling;                                   
     the composition of the Constitutional Court;                               
     the secretary of the hearing;                                              
     the parties to the case and their representatives;                         
     the issue under investigation and its grounds;                             
     the  articles   of  the  Constitution  and  this  Law  which               
establish the  right of  the Constitutional  Court to investigate               
the issue;                                                                      
     the request set forth in the appeal;                                       
     the full  title of the legal act whose constitutionality was               
examined   as well  as the  source wherein  it was  declared  and               
wherefrom it was  received;                                                     
     the action  or decision  of a Seimas member or state officer               
whose constitutionality  was examined;                                          
     the circumstances established by the Constitutional Court;                 
     the arguments  and  proof  upon  which  the  ruling  of  the               
Constitutional   Court is based, and, if necessary, the arguments               
refuting other opinions;                                                        
     The  Constitutional   norm  on   the  basis   of  which  the               
Constitutional Court   establishes  the compliance  of an  act or               
action with the Constitution;                                                   
     the resolution of the ruling; and                                          
     an indication  that the  ruling is  final and not subject to               
appeal.                                                                         
                                                                                
     Article 57. Announcement in Court of Rulings of the                        
               Constitutional Court                                             
                                                                                
     Having adopted  a ruling,  the  Constitutional  Court  shall               
return to the court room and the Chairperson of the hearing shall               
announce the Court ruling.                                                      
     All present  in the  court room,  with the  exception of the               
Constitutional Court judges, shall stand to hear the ruling.                    
     Upon the  adoption of the ruling, neither the parties to the               
case nor   other  institutions and  persons may  raise the  issue               
concerning the  conformity of the investigated legal act with the               
Constitution or  laws in Court again, nor may they appeal against               
the conclusion  of   the Court or the Court established facts and               
legal relations.                                                                
                                                                                
     Article 58. Correction of Rulings                                          
                                                                                
     Upon announcing the ruling, the Constitutional Court may, on               
its own  initiative or at the request of the parties to the case,               
correct inaccuracies  or  editor's  mistakes  which  are  in  the               
ruling. A  corresponding   decision shall  be passed at the Court               
hearing concerning  this. Parties   to  the case must be notified               
about the date and place of such a hearing.                                     
                                                                                
     Article 59. Appeals against Constitutional Court Rulings                   
                                                                                
     Rulings of the Constitutional Court shall be final and shall               
not be subject to appeal.                                                       
                                                                                
     Article 60. Sending of Constitutional Court Rulings                        
                                                                                
     Constitutional  Court   rulings,  within  2  days  of  their               
adoption, shall  be sent to:                                                    
     the judges of the Constitutional Court;                                    
     the parties to the case;                                                   
     the Seimas,  the President  of the Republic, the Government;               
and  the  Chairperson   of  the  Supreme  Court,  the  Prosecutor               
General, and the Minister of Justice.                                           
     The Chairperson of the Constitutional Court may order that a               
Constitutional   Court ruling  be  sent  to  other  institutions,               
officers, or persons.                                                           
                                                                                
     Article 61. Interpretation of Constitutional Court Rulings                 
                                                                                
     Rulings of  the Constitutional  Court may only be officially               
interpreted   by the  Constitutional Court  at the request of the               
parties to the case,  of other institutions or persons to whom it               
was sent, or on its own  initiative.                                            
     A decision  concerning an interpretation of a Constitutional               
Court   ruling shall  be passed at a Constitutional Court hearing               
as a  separate   document. Parties  to the  case must be notified               
about the date and  place of such a hearing.                                    
     The  Constitutional   Court  must  interpret  their  rulings               
without changing  their contents.                                               
                                                                                
     Article 62. Review of Constitutional Court Rulings                         
                                                                                
     Constitutional Court  rulings may  be reviewed  on their own               
initiative  if:                                                                 
     1) new,  vital circumstances  turn up  which were unknown to               
the Constitutional                                                              
Court when the ruling was passed; or                                            
     2) the constitutional norm on which the ruling was based has               
changed.                                                                        
     In such  a case,  the Constitutional  Court  shall  adopt  a               
decision and  start the investigation of the case de novo.                      
     A decision of the Constitutional Court concerning its ruling               
may also  be reviewed if the ruling was not interpreted according               
to its actual  contents.                                                        
                                                                                
                                                                                
                                                                                
                                                                                
                                                                                
                            Chapter 4                                           
                                                                                
          Legal Proceedings for Investigation Requests                          
                                                                                
       The Compliance of Legal Acts with the Constitution                       
                                                                                
                                                                                
                                                                                
     Article 63. The Constitutional Court's Jurisdiction over                   
               Cases Concerning the Compliance of Legal Acts with               
               the Constitution                                                 
                                                                                
     The Constitutional Court shall examine cases concerning:                   
     1) the  compliance of laws and other acts of the Seimas with               
the Constitution of the Republic of Lithuania;                                  
     2) the  compliance of  the acts  of  the  President  of  the               
Republic with  the Constitution and laws; and                                   
     3) the  compliance of  the acts  of the  Government with the               
Constitution  and laws.                                                         
     While investigating  the cases  specified in  part 1 of this               
Article,   the Constitutional  Court shall examine the compliance               
of the entire act as well as a part thereof with the Constitution               
and the laws.                                                                   
                                                                                
     Article 64. Grounds and Cause for the Examination of  Cases                
               Concerning the Compliance of Legal Acts with the                 
               Constitution                                                     
                                                                                
     The grounds  for the  examination of  a case  concerning the               
compliance  of   a  legal   act  with  the  Constitution  in  the               
Constitutional Court shall  be a legally justified doubt that the               
entire legal  act or  part thereof   contradicts the Constitution               
according to:                                                                   
     1) the contents of norms;                                                  
     2) the extent of regulation;                                               
     3) form; and                                                               
     4) the procedure of adoption, signing and promulgation which               
has been specified in the Constitution.                                         
     The cause  for examining a case concerning the compliance of               
a  legal  act  with  the  Constitution  shall  be  the  procedure               
prescribed by  this   Law and  the filing  of a  petition of  the               
established form with the  Constitutional Court.                                
                                                                                
     Article 65. Filing a Petition with the Constitutional  Court               
               for the Investigation of the Compliance of a Legal               
               Act with the  Constitution                                       
                                                                                
     The right  to file  a petition with the Constitutional Court               
concerning   the compliance  of a legal act with the Constitution               
shall be vested  in:                                                            
     1) the  Government, groups consisting of at least 1/5 of all               
Seimas   members, and  the courts  for cases  concerning a law or               
other act adopted  by the Seimas;                                               
     2) groups  consisting of  at least 1/5 of all Seimas members               
and the   courts  for cases concerning an act of the President of               
the Republic;  and                                                              
     3) groups  consisting of at least 1/5 of all Seimas members,               
the  courts,   and  the  President  of  the  Republic  for  cases               
concerning Governmental  acts.                                                  
                                                                                
     Article 66. The Contents of Petitions for the Examination                  
               of the Compliance of Legal Acts with the                         
               Constitution                                                     
                                                                                
     Petitions for  the examination  of the  compliance of  legal               
acts with  the Constitution must contain:                                       
     1) the addressee - the Constitutional Court;                               
     2) the name and address of the petitioner;                                 
     3) information  about the  representative of  the petitioner               
and his powers, with the exception of ex officio representation;                
     4) the  name and  address of the state institution which has               
adopted  a disputable legal act;                                                
     5) the  norms of the Constitution and this Law which provide               
the right  to appeal with a petition to the Constitutional Court;               
     6) the precise name of the disputable legal act, its number,               
the  date  of  its  adoption,  and  other  information  which  is               
necessary for  identification   thereof, as well as the source of               
its publication (if it was publicized);                                         
     7) concrete  grounds for  the investigation of the case with               
references  to the norms provided for in this Law;                              
     8) the  position of the petitioner concerning the conformity               
of an  appropriate act with the Constitution and legal support of               
such position  containing references to laws;                                   
     9) a formulated petition to the Constitutional Court; and                  
     10) the list of appended documents.                                        
     The petition  shall be signed by the head of the institution               
which  has been granted the right to appeal to the Constitutional               
Court.   The petition  of the  Government must  be supported by a               
directive of   the  Government which  shall be  appended  to  the               
submitted documents.   Petitions of Seimas member groups shall be               
signed by  all Seimas  members   who file  the petition and their               
representative  (representatives)   shall   be   indicated;   the               
signatures of  said Seimas  members shall  be  confirmed  by  the               
signature of the Chairperson or Deputy Chairperson of the Seimas.               
     The following shall be appended to the petition:                           
     1) a  duplicate of  the whole  text of  the disputable legal               
act;                                                                            
     2) power  of attorney  or other  document which confirms the               
powers of   the representative, with the exception of cases of ex               
officio representation; and                                                     
     3) notary-approved translations into the Lithuanian language               
of all   documents and other material which has been written in a               
language  other than Lithuanian.                                                
                                                                                
     The list  of witnesses  and experts  who are  proposed to be               
summoned  to the hearing of the Constitutional Court, findings of               
specialists,   as well  as other  documents and  material may  be               
appended to  the petition.   The circumstances which each witness               
may confirm shall be indicated  next to their name.                             
     The petition  and appendices  thereto specified in part 3 of               
this Article   shall  be submitted  to the  Constitutional  Court               
along with  30 copies   of  the duplicate.  When  necessary,  the               
Chairperson  of   the  Constitutional     Court  may  charge  the               
petitioner  to  submit  up  to  30  duplicates  each    of  other               
appendices.                                                                     
                                                                                
     Article 67. The Contents of Petitions Filed with the                       
               Constitutional Court by the Supreme Court of                     
               Lithuania, the  Court of Appeals of Lithuania, and               
               District and Area Courts                                         
                                                                                
     Provided that  there are  grounds to  consider that a law or               
other legal   act,  which shall be applicable in a concrete case,               
fails to  conform  with the Constitution, the court (judge) shall               
suspend the  examination   of said  case and,  with regard to the               
competence of  the Constitutional  Court, shall appeal to it with               
a petition  to decide whether the said  law or other legal act is               
in conformity with the Constitution.                                            
     The Supreme  Court of  Lithuania, the  Court of  Appeals  of               
Lithuania,   and district  and area  courts shall  appeal to  the               
Constitutional Court   pursuant to a decision. The following must               
be indicated in the decision:                                                   
     1) the time and place of the adoption of the decision;                     
     2) the  name and  address of the court which has adopted the               
decision;                                                                       
     3) the  composition of  the  court  which  has  adopted  the               
decision and  the parties to the case;                                          
     4) brief  contents of  the case  and the  laws by  which the               
parties to  the case support their demands or rebuttals;                        
     5) arguments presenting the opinion of the court on the non-               
conformity  of   a  law   or  other   legal  document   with  the               
Constitution; and                                                               
     6) a  formulated petition of the court to the Constitutional               
Court.                                                                          
     The court decision shall be supplemented by:                               
     1) the suspended case; and                                                 
     2) the duplicate of the whole text of the disputable act.                  
     30 copies  of the  Court decision and 30 duplicate copies of               
the disputable legal act shall be submitted to the Constitutional               
Court.                                                                          
     After the  investigation of a case, the Constitutional Court               
shall   return the  presented suspended  case to  the appropriate               
court.                                                                          
                                                                                
     Article 68. Withdrawal of Petitions to Examine the                         
               Conformity  of a Legal Act with the Constitution                 
                                                                                
     Upon the  consent of  the Chairperson  of the Constitutional               
Court, the  institution which has filed a petition to examine the               
conformity   of a legal act with the Constitution may withdraw it               
prior to  the   setting of  the investigation  of said  case at a               
court hearing.                                                                  
                                                                                
     Article 69. Refusal of the Constitutional Court to Consider                
               Petitions for the Examination of the                             
               Constitutionality  of a Legal Act                                
                                                                                
     By a  decision, the  Constitutional Court  shall  refuse  to               
consider petitions   for the examination of the constitutionality               
of a legal act if:                                                              
     1) the  petition was  filed by  an institution or individual               
who does   not  have the  right to  appeal to  the Constitutional               
Court;                                                                          
     2) the  examination of  the petition does not fall under the               
jurisdiction  of the Constitutional Court;                                      
     3)  the  constitutionality  of  the  act  indicated  in  the               
petition has   already  been investigated  by the  Constitutional               
Court  and   the  resolution   on  this   issue  adopted  by  the               
Constitutional Court is still in force;                                         
     4)  the  Constitutional  Court  has  already  initiated  the               
examination  of a case concerning the same issue; and                           
     5) the petition is grounded by non-legal motives.                          
     In refusing  to  consider  a  petition  to  investigate  the               
conformity  of   a  legal   act  with   the   Constitution,   the               
Constitutional  Court  shall  adopt  a  justified  decision,  the               
duplicate of which shall be sent or  handed to the petitioner.                  
     In the  event that  the grounds  for refusal  to consider  a               
petition have   been  established after  the  initiation  of  the               
examination of the case  during the session of the Constitutional               
Court, a decision to dismiss  the case shall be adopted.                        
     The annulment  of a disputable legal act shall be grounds to               
adopt  a decision to dismiss the initiated legal proceedings.                   
                                                                                
     Article 70. The Return of a Petition to Examine the                        
               Constitutionality of a Legal Act to the Petitioner               
                                                                                
     In the  case that  a petition  or appendices thereof fail to               
comply with   the provisions set forth in Articles 66 and 67, the               
Chairperson of the Constitutional Court shall return the petition               
to the petitioner on his own initiative or on the initiative of a               
judge.                                                                          
     The return  of a  petition shall  not take away the right to               
appeal to   the  Constitutional Court  according to  the  general               
procedure after  abolishing reasons thereof.                                    
                                                                                
     Article 71. Types of Constitutional Court Decisions                        
               in Cases Concerning the Conformity of Legal Acts                 
               with the  Constitution                                           
                                                                                
     Upon examining  a case  concerning the conformity of a legal               
act with   the Constitution, the Constitutional Court shall adopt               
one of the  following rulings:                                                  
     1) to  recognise that  a legal act is in conformity with the               
Constitution  and laws; and                                                     
     2)  to   recognise  that   a  legal   act  contradicts   the               
Constitution and  laws.                                                         
     In the  case provided  for in  item 2  of  part  1  of  this               
Article, it  shall   be indicated  what concrete  Articles of the               
Constitution or  provisions   thereof or  what concrete laws with               
which the legal act fails to conform.                                           
     In cases when one part of a legal act has been determined to               
be in   conformity with the Constitution or laws, while the other               
part thereof  has been determined to be in contradiction with the               
Constitution or   laws,  it shall  be precisely  indicated in the               
ruling of the Constitutional  Court.                                            
                                                                                
     Article 72. Consequences of the Recognition of a Legal  Act                
               as Being Contradictory to the Constitution                       
                                                                                
          Laws of  the Republic  of Lithuania (or a part thereof)               
or other  Seimas acts  (or a part thereof), acts of the President               
of the  Republic, or   acts of the Government (or a part thereof)               
shall not be applicable  from the day that a Constitutional Court               
Ruling that  the appropriate  act (or a part thereof) contradicts               
the Constitution of the Republic  of Lithuania is publicized. The               
same consequences  shall arise  when   the  Constitutional  Court               
adopts a  ruling that an act of the President  of the Republic or               
act of  the Government  (or a  part thereof) is in  contradiction               
with laws.                                                                      
     Rulings adopted  by the  Constitutional Court shall have the               
power  of   law  and   shall  be   binding  to  all  governmental               
institutions, companies,  firms, and  organisations as well as to               
officials and citizens.                                                         
     All governmental  institutions as  well as  their  officials               
must revoke  executive acts or provisions thereof which they have               
adopted and  which  are based on an act which has been recognized               
as unconstitutional.                                                            
     Decisions based  on legal acts which have been recognized as               
being   contradictory to  the Constitution  or laws  must not  be               
executed if  they have not been executed prior to the appropriate               
Constitutional   Court ruling  became effective. The power of the               
Constitutional  Court to recognize a legal act or part thereof as               
unconstitutional   may not be overruled by a repeated adoption of               
a like legal act or  part thereof.                                              
                                                                                
                                                                                
                                                                                
                                                                                
                            Chapter 5                                           
                                                                                
          Consideration of Inquiries Concerning Rulings                         
                                                                                
                                                                                
                                                                                
     Article 73. Conclusions Presented by the Constitutional                    
               Court                                                            
                                                                                
     The  Constitutional   Court  shall   present  the  following               
rulings:                                                                        
     1) whether  violations of  the laws  on  elections  occurred               
during the   elections  of the  President of  the Republic or the               
Seimas;                                                                         
     2) whether  the President  of  the  Republic's  capacity  to               
continue in  office is limited by reasons of health;                            
     3) whether  international  agreements  of  the  Republic  of               
Lithuania are in conformity with the Constitution. The conclusion               
concerning an   international agreement may be requested prior to               
the ratification thereof by the Seimas; and                                     
     4) whether  the concrete  actions of  the Seimas  members or               
state  officials   to  whom  impeachment  proceedings  have  been               
initiated contradict the  Constitution.                                         
                                                                                
     Article 74. Filing an Inquiry with the Constitutional  Court               
                                                                                
     Only  the   Seimas  may  request  the  Constitutional  Court               
conclusion on  all issues specified in Article 73 of this Law.                  
     The  President   of  the   Republic  may   appeal   to   the               
Constitutional Court   with an inquiry concerning the election of               
the Seimas members and  international agreements.                               
                                                                                
     Article 75. Cause for the Preparation of a Constitutional                  
               Court Conclusion                                                 
                                                                                
     The cause  for  the  preparation  of  a  conclusion  of  the               
Constitutional   Court shall be the procedure established by this               
Law and the filing  of an inquiry of an established form with the               
Constitutional Court.                                                           
                                                                                
     Article 76. The Contents of the Inquiry                                    
                                                                                
     The following must be indicated in the inquiry:                            
     1) the addressee - the Constitutional Court;                               
     2) the name and address of the inquirer;                                   
     3)  the  norms  of  the  Constitution  and  this  Law  which               
establish the   right  to file an inquiry with the Constitutional               
Court;                                                                          
     4) the  actions whose  constitutionality are  proposed to be               
verified   and the  circumstances of  their execution;  when  the               
inquiry concerns   an  international agreement  - its exact name,               
number, date of signing,  and other necessary information as well               
as the source of publication  (if it was publicized);                           
     5) a justified petition to the Constitutional Court; and                   
     6) the list of appended documents.                                         
     Inquiries of the Seimas may be set forth in a resolution. In               
other   cases, a Seimas resolution on the approval of the inquiry               
must be  included.                                                              
     The inquiry  shall be  signed by  the Seimas  Chairperson or               
acting deputy;  the President of the Republic.                                  
     An inquiry must be supplemented by:                                        
     1) a duplicate of the whole text of the agreement;                         
     2) appropriate  evidence and  duplicates of  the  officials'               
decisions; and                                                                  
     3) notary approved translations into the Lithuanian language               
of documents   and other material which was written in a language               
other than Lithuanian.                                                          
     The list  of witnesses  and experts  who are  proposed to be               
invited to   the session of the Constitutional Court, findings of               
specialists,  a document concerning the powers of representatives               
and the  right   thereof to  speak in the Constitutional Court on               
behalf of the applicant,  as well as other documents and material               
may be  appended to  the inquiry.   The  circumstances which each               
witness may  confirm shall  be indicated   next  to  his  or  her               
surname.                                                                        
     Inquiries  and   necessary  supplements   thereof  shall  be               
submitted to   the Constitutional Court with 30 duplicate copies.               
When necessary,   the Chairperson of the Constitutional Court may               
also  demand  the  up  to  30  duplicate  copies  each  of  other               
documents.                                                                      
                                                                                
     Article 77. Inquiries Concerning the Violation of the  Law                 
               on the Elections to the Seimas                                   
                                                                                
     Institutions indicated  in Article  74  of  this  Law  shall               
appeal to  the   Constitutional Court  with inquiries  concerning               
possible violations of the laws on elections during the elections               
of the President of the Republic or the Seimas elections within 3               
days after the publication of the official election results.                    
     The Constitutional Court shall examine and evaluate only the               
decisions   made  by  the  Central  Electoral  Committee  or  the               
Electoral Committee   for  Elections  of  the  President  of  the               
Republic or the refusal thereof  to examine complaints concerning               
the violation  of laws on elections  in cases when such decisions               
were adopted  or other  actions  were  carried    out  after  the               
termination of  voting in  the elections of the President  of the               
Republic or the Seimas.                                                         
     Inquiries shall  be examined within 72 hours of their filing               
with the   Constitutional  Court. The  terms  specified  in  this               
Article shall also  include non-working days.                                   
                                                                                
     Article 78. Inquiries Concerning the President of the                      
               Republic's State of Health                                       
                                                                                
     Only the Seimas shall have the right to submit an inquiry to               
the  Constitutional   Court  concerning   the  President  of  the               
Republic's capacity to continue  in office due to health reasons.               
The inquiry  must be  confirmed  by    a  resolution  adopted  by               
majority vote of more than half of all the  Seimas members.                     
                                                                                
     The inquiry  or appropriate resolution of the Seimas must be               
accompanied   by a  Seimas approved  conclusion  of  the  medical               
commission. When necessary,  other evidence describing the health               
condition shall be appended thereto.                                            
                                                                                
     Article 79. Withdrawal of an Inquiry                                       
                                                                                
     An inquiry  concerning the  presentation of a conclusion may               
be withdrawn  prior to the commencement of a Constitutional Court               
hearing by the  institution which has filed it.                                 
                                                                                
     Article 80. Refusal to Examine an Inquiry in the                           
               Constitutional  Court                                            
                                                                                
     The Constitutional  Court shall refuse to examine an inquiry               
concerning   the presentation  of a  conclusion in  the following               
cases:                                                                          
     1) when  the inquiry  has been  filed by  an institution  or               
individual   who does  not  have  the  right  to  appeal  to  the               
Constitutional Court;                                                           
     2) when the inquiry is not grounded on legal motivates;                    
     3) when  the examination  of a  concrete issue does not fall               
under the  jurisdiction of the Constitutional Court;                            
     4)  in   the  absence   of  an   action  or  decision  whose               
constitutionality  must be verified; and                                        
     5) when  the issue raised in the inquiry, with the exception               
of cases   provided for in paragraph 2 of Article 73 of this Law,               
has already   been  investigated in  the Constitutional Court and               
the conclusion  adopted   by the  Constitutional Court concerning               
this issue is still in force.                                                   
     If in  the course  of the  examination of  the  inquiry  the               
matter under   investigation  ceases to exist, the Constitutional               
Court shall  dismiss   the initiated  legal  proceedings  on  the               
grounds thereof.                                                                
                                                                                
     Article 81. Returning Inquiries to Applicants                              
                                                                                
     The Chairperson  of the  Constitutional Court,  on  personal               
initiative  or on the proposal of one of the judges, shall return               
inquiries to  the applicants if the inquiry or appendices thereto               
fail to  comply  with the requirements set forth in Article 76 of               
this Law.                                                                       
     Returning of  an inquiry  shall not  take away  the right to               
appeal to   the  Constitutional Court  according to  the  general               
procedure once  the reasons for the return have been eliminated.                
                                                                                
     Article 82. Procedure for the Examination of Inquiries  in                 
               the Constitutional Court                                         
                                                                                
     Inquiries   pertaining    to   the    constitutionality   of               
international treaties   of  the Republic  of Lithuania  shall be               
examined according  to the  general  rules for the examination of               
the constitutionality of legal acts.                                            
     Other issues  shall be  examined at  the discretion  of  the               
Constitutional    Court  in  adhering  to  a  simpler  procedure.               
Disputes which  arise shall   be  settled in  accordance with the               
regulations prescribed by this Law.                                             
                                                                                
     Article 83. Conclusions of the Constitutional Court                        
                                                                                
     Upon the examination of an inquiry, the Constitutional Court               
shall  adopt a conclusion.                                                      
     The conclusion  presented by  the Constitutional Court shall               
be final  and shall not be subject to appeal.                                   
                                                                                
                                                                                
                                                                                
                                                                                
                            Chapter 6                                           
                                                                                
                        Final Provisions                                        
                                                                                
                                                                                
                                                                                
     Article 84. Publicizing Decisions of the Constitutional                    
               Court                                                            
                                                                                
     The rulings  and conclusions of the Constitutional Court, as               
well  as,   if  necessary,  other  decisions  thereof,  shall  be               
officially publicized  in: a separate chapter of "The News of the               
Seimas and  the Government  of  the  Republic  of  Lithuania";  a               
special publication  of the  Seimas;   and newspapers through the               
Lithuanian News Agency (ELTA).                                                  
     Rulings of  the Constitutional  Court shall become effective               
on the   day  that they  are  publicized  in  one  of  the  above               
mentioned publications.                                                         
                                                                                
     Article 85. Provision of Funding to and Material Supply  of                
               the Constitutional Court                                         
                                                                                
     The Constitutional  Court shall  be financed  from the State               
Budget.  On the proposal of the Chairperson of the Constitutional               
Court, the   Seimas  shall approve  the amount  of funding  in  a               
special line.                                                                   
     The functioning  of the  Constitutional Court as well as the               
material  and technical supply thereof shall be guaranteed by the               
Government   of the  Republic of Lithuania, which shall adhere to               
the principles   of independence of the judges and the activities               
of the Court as established  in this Law.                                       
                                                                                
     Article 86. The Staff of the Constitutional Court                          
                                                                                
     The Constitutional  Court shall have an assisting staff, the               
structure   and by  laws  of  which  shall  be  approved  by  the               
Constitutional Court.                                                           
                                                                                
     Article 87. Protection of the Constitutional Court                         
                                                                                
     The  protection   of  the  buildings  and  premises  of  the               
Constitutional  Court,   and,  upon   the  instruction   of   the               
Chairperson of  the Constitutional   Court,  of the judges of the               
Constitutional Court,  shall  be  vested    in  the  Ministry  of               
Internal Affairs.                                                               
                                                                                
     Article 88. Symbols of the Constitutional Court's Power                    
                                                                                
     In the court room of the Constitutional Court there shall be               
a picture   of  the State  Emblem of the Republic of Lithuania, a               
flag of  the State,  and a special edition of the Constitution of               
the Republic of Lithuania.                                                      
     During hearing,  judges of  the Constitutional  Court  shall               
wear judge's  gowns, the description and sample of which shall be               
approved by  the   Constitutional Court.  Until such  a sample is               
approved, approved Supreme  Court judge gowns may be used.                      
                                                                                
     Article 89. The Seal of the Constitutional Court                           
                                                                                
     The Constitutional  Court shall be a legal person and have a               
seal with   a  picture of  the State  Emblem of  the Republic  of               
Lithuania and  the    title  "the  Constitutional  Court  of  the               
Republic of Lithuania".                                                         
                                                                                
     Article 90. The Office of the Constitutional Court                         
                                                                                
     The permanent  office of  the Constitutional  Court shall be               
the city   of Vilnius. Hearings of the Constitutional Court shall               
be held  in its permanent office.                                               
                                                                                
                                                                                
                                                                                
                                                                                
                                                                                
ALGIRDAS BRAZAUSKAS                                                             
Acting President                                                                
of the Republic                                                                 
of Lithuania                                                                    
                                                                                
Vilnius                                                                         
                                                                                
3 February 1993                                                                 
                                                                                
No.I-67