REPUBLIC OF LITHUANIA                                     
                                                                                
                               LAW                                              
                               ON                                               
             CONCERNING THE APPROVAL OF THE STATUTE                             
                OF THE SEIMAS OMBUDSMEN'S OFFICE                                
                  OF THE REPUBLIC OF LITHUANIA                                  
                                                                                
     1. To  approve the  Statute of the Seimas Ombudsmen's Office               
of the Republic of Lithuania (appended).                                        
     2. This Law comes into force as of 31 March 1995.                          
                                                                                
     I promulgate  this Law  passed by the Seimas of the Republic               
of Lithuania.                                                                   
                                                                                
Algirdas Brazauskas                                                             
President of the Republic                                                       
                                                                                
Vilnius                                                                         
22 February 1995                                                                
No. I-804                                                                       
                                                                                
                                                                                
                                                                                
                                                      Approved by               
                                    the Republic of Lithuania Law               
                                    of 22 February 1995 No. I-804               
                                                                                
                                                                                
                               STATUTE                                          
                 OF THE SEIMAS OMBUDSMEN'S OFFICE OF                            
                      THE REPUBLIC OF LITHUANIA                                 
                                                                                
                                                                                
                        I. General Provisions                                   
                                                                                
     Article 1.  The Statute  of the Seimas Ombudsmen's Office of               
the Republic  of  Lithuania  shall  regulate  the  organisational               
structure, powers  and internal order of the Office and establish               
the  guarantees   of  the   Ombudsmen's  activities   and   other               
guarantees.                                                                     
                                                                                
     Article 2.  The Seimas  Ombudsmen's Office is an independent               
State institution  consisting of  the Ombudsmen  appointed by the               
Seimas as well as the personnel which ensures technical, business               
and financial servicing of the Ombudsmen.                                       
     Article 3.  All the Seimas Ombudsmen shall have equal rights               
and duties,  and each  one of  them shall  act independently when               
investigating  citizens'   complaints  concerning  the  abuse  of               
official position  or bureaucracy  of state  or local  government               
officials.                                                                      
                                                                                
     Article 4. In their activities the Ombudsmen shall be guided               
by the  Constitution of the Republic of Lithuania, the Law on the               
Seimas  Ombudsmen,   this  Statute,   other  laws,  international               
treaties and agreements.                                                        
     The Ombudsmen  shall base their activities on the principles               
of lawfulness and openness as well as their conscience.                         
                                                                                
     Article 5.  The Seimas Ombudsmen's Office is a legal person.               
It shall be financed with the funds from the State Budget.                      
                                                                                
     Article 6. The Seimas Ombudsmen's Office shall have its seal               
with the  Lithuanian  State  emblem  and  the  name  "The  Seimas               
Ombudsmen's  Office  of  the  Republic  of  Lithuania"  imprinted               
thereon.                                                                        
     The  head   of  the   Seimas  Ombudsmen's  Office  shall  be               
responsible for  the use  and keeping  of the  seal of the Seimas               
Ombudsmen's Office.                                                             
                                                                                
       II. The Structure of the Seimas Ombudsmen's Office                       
                                                                                
     Article 7.  The Seimas Ombudsmen's Office shall comprise the               
Ombudsmen, the Board of the Seimas Ombudsmen's Office, assistants               
of the  Ombudsmen, departments  and  other  structural  divisions               
approved by the Board of the Seimas Ombudsmen's Office.                         
     The Seimas  Ombudsmen's Office shall be directed by the head               
of the Seimas Ombudsmen's Office.                                               
                                                                                
     Article 8. The competence of the structural divisions of the               
Seimas Ombudsmen's  Office and  the  Office  employees  shall  be               
determined by the rules of the Seimas Ombudsmen's Office approved               
by the Board of the Seimas Ombudsmen's Office.                                  
                                                                                
                                                                                
            III. Spheres and Objects of Investigation                           
                     of the Seimas Ombudsmen                                    
                                                                                
     Article 9.  The Ombudsmen of the Republic of Lithuania shall               
investigate citizens' complaints concerning the abuse of official               
position  or   bureaucracy  of   officials  of  State  and  local               
government institutions  as well  as  military  institutions  and               
institutions equated  to them.  Equated to  military institutions               
are the  Ministry of  Internal Affairs, State Security Department               
and institutions  subordinate to them. The division of spheres of               
action  by   the  Ombudsmen  investigating  citizens'  complaints               
concerning State  and  local  government  institutions  shall  be               
approved by the Board of the Seimas Ombudsmen's Office.                         
     Article 10.  When referring  a  complaint  over  to  another               
Ombudsman for investigation on the grounds specified in Article 7               
of the Law, the head of the Seimas Ombudsmen's Office shall first               
of all  refer it  over  to  another  Ombudsman  who  investigates               
complaints of  the same  category, and  in case  he is not in the               
position to investigate it - to any other Ombudsman.                            
                                                                                
     Article 11. On the instructions of the Ombudsmen, individual               
actions may be performed by their respective assistants.                        
                                                                                
                                                                                
          IV. Guarantees of the Ombudsmen's Activities                          
                      and other Guarantees                                      
                                                                                
     Article 12.  When performing his duties, the Ombudsman shall               
have the right to:                                                              
     1) request that information, documents and material required               
for the discharge of his functions be presented without delay, as               
well as  familiarise himself  with  documents  which  are  deemed               
confidential and constitute a State secret. As necessary, for the               
implementation of  the right  the assistance  of police  officers               
shall be  enlisted and  an appropriate act concerning the seizure               
of documents shall be drawn up;                                                 
     2)  enter   the   premises   of   controlled   institutions,               
organisations.   The   territory   and   premises   of   military               
institutions and  institutions equated  to them  shall be entered               
with the officers of the institutions accompanying;                             
     3) request  that the  officials whose  activities are  being               
investigated give a written or oral explanation;                                
     4) take  part in  the sittings of the Seimas, the Government               
and local  government institutions  when issues  related  to  the               
activities of the Seimas Ombudsmen's Office are being considered;               
     5) inform  the Seimas,  the Government or the Council of the               
appropriate local  government  of  gross  violations  of  law  or               
shortcomings, contradictions  or loopholes in laws or other legal               
acts; and                                                                       
     6) recommend  to the  Seimas, the  Government or other state               
institutions that  laws or  other standard acts restricting human               
rights and freedoms be amended.                                                 
     The assistants  of the  Ombudsmen who investigate complaints               
on the  instruction of  the Ombudsmen  shall also have the rights               
specified in items 1-4 of Par. 1 hereof.                                        
                                                                                
     Article 13.  Without the  consent  of  the  Seimas  criminal               
proceedings may  not be  instituted against  an Ombudsman, he may               
not be arrested or have his freedom restricted in any other way.                
                                                                                
     Article 14.  It shall  be  permitted  to  enter  the  Seimas               
Ombudsman's office  or residential  premises, to make a search of               
the premises, as well as to make an inspection, search or seizure               
in his  official vehicle  only provided that criminal proceedings               
have  been   instituted  in   accordance  with   the  established               
procedure.                                                                      
                                                                                
     Article 15.  The salary  of the  Ombudsman may  not be lower               
than the average salary of the Supreme Court judge.                             
                                                                                
     Article 16.  The  Ombudsmen  shall  have  social  guarantees               
established by law with regard to the State Controller.                         
                                                                                
     Article 17.  The powers  of the  Ombudsman may be terminated               
only on  the grounds  provided for  by the  Constitution  of  the               
Republic of Lithuania and the Law on the Seimas Ombudsmen.                      
                                                                                
                                                                                
          V. The Board of the Seimas Ombudsmen's Office                         
                                                                                
     Article 18. The Board of the Seimas Ombudsmen's Office shall               
consist of five Ombudsmen.                                                      
     The Board of the Seimas Ombudsmen's Office shall:                          
     1) consider  the  most  urgent  issues  of  the  Ombudsmen's               
activities  and   hear  out  other  issues  put  forward  by  the               
Ombudsmen;                                                                      
     2) approve  the division  of spheres  of activity  among the               
Ombudsmen;                                                                      
     3) hear  out  the  reports  of  departments  of  the  Seimas               
Ombudsmen's Office on the issues of work organisation;                          
     4) approve the rules of the Seimas Ombudsmen's Office;                     
     5) submit  proposals concerning  the financing of the Seimas               
Ombudsmen's Office;                                                             
     6) approve  the structure  of the Seimas Ombudsmen's Office,               
list of staff and the salary coefficients;                                      
     7) give  material incentives  to the employees of the Seimas               
Ombudsmen's Office;                                                             
     8) approve annual reports; and                                             
     9)  send   the  Ombudsmen   and  employees   of  the  Seimas               
Ombudsmen's Office  on business  trips and  to  training  courses               
abroad, as  well as  on business  trips or to training courses in               
Lithuania if  the duration of the trip or training period exceeds               
one month.                                                                      
                                                                                
     Article 19. The meetings of the Board shall be presided over               
by the  head of  the  Seimas  Ombudsmen's  Office,  and,  in  his               
absence, by the eldest Ombudsman.                                               
     The Board  of the  Seimas  Ombudsmen's  Office  shall  issue               
resolutions on issues within its competence which shall be passed               
by majority vote of the Board members.                                          
     The procedure of work of the Seimas Ombudsmen's Office shall               
be established by rules of the Seimas Ombudsmen's Office.                       
                                                                                
                                                                                
          VI. The Head of the Seimas Ombudsmen's Office                         
                                                                                
     Article 20.  The head of the Seimas Ombudsmen's Office shall               
be appointed  by the  Seimas on  the recommendation of the Seimas               
Speaker.                                                                        
                                                                                
     Article 21.  In addition  to his  direct  functions  as  the               
Ombudsman, the  head of  the Seimas Ombudsmen's Office shall also               
perform the following functions:                                                
     1) convene the meetings of the Board and preside over them;                
     2) direct the work of the Office and represent the Office;                 
     3) on the recommendation of the Ombudsmen, employ or dismiss               
from office the assistants of the Ombudsmen;                                    
     4) employ or dismiss other employees of the Office;                        
     5) supervise  the work  of the  Office employees  and  adopt               
decisions concerning  the  improvement  of  work  of  the  Seimas               
Ombudsmen's Office;                                                             
     6) determine the salaries of the employees;                                
     7)  grant   vacations  to   the  Ombudsmen  and  the  Office               
employees;                                                                      
     8)   address    issues   concerning   the   improvement   of               
qualifications of  the employees,  training courses  and business               
trips in  Lithuania if  the duration  thereof is not in excess of               
one month;                                                                      
     9) present  the structure  of the Seimas Ombudsmen's Office,               
the staff  list and  the salary  coefficients to  the  Board  for               
approval;                                                                       
     10) impose disciplinary penalties on the employees;                        
     11) propose  to the  Board to  fix  salary  supplements  and               
bonuses for the employees;                                                      
     12) form provisional work groups of employees for the urgent               
settlement of certain issues;                                                   
     13) organise the preparation of annual reports;                            
     14) charge  another Ombudsman  to temporarily  act  for  the               
Ombudsman who  is incapable of performing his duties by reason of               
illness, vacations, departure abroad, etc.; and                                 
     15) in accordance with the procedure set forth in Article 10               
of this  Statute,  charge  another  Ombudsman  to  investigate  a               
certain complaint  if the  Ombudsman  who  must  investigate  the               
complaint is incapable of investigating it impartially because of               
relationship by blood or affinity, or any other reasons.                        
                                                                                
     Article 22.  The head  of  the  Office  shall  exercise  his               
authority by  issuing orders.  In the  absence of the head of the               
Office, the eldest Ombudsman shall substitute for him.                          
                                                                                
                                                                                
           VII. Complaint Acceptance and Investigation                          
                                                                                
     Article 23.  The Seimas  Ombusdmen  shall  accept  citizens'               
(natural persons')  complaints for  investigation, concerning the               
abuse of  official position  and bureaucracy  of the employees of               
government and  state institutions  and military  institutions or               
the institutions having the same status as military institutions,               
or  persons  authorised  by  them,  who  perform  organisational,               
managerial or administrative functions.                                         
     The Seimas Ombudsmen shall not investigate the activities of               
the President  of the  Republic, the  members of  the Seimas, the               
judges of  the Constitutional Court, and other courts, as well as               
the  procedural   actions  of   prosecutors,   investigators   or               
interrogators, the  activities of  the Prime  Minister, the State               
Controller and  the Government  (as collegiate  institution)  and               
local  government   councils  and  their  boards  (as  collegiate               
institutions). The  Seimas Ombusdmen  shall not  investigate  the               
complaints  arising   from  legal   labour  relations  and  other               
complaints that  are subject  to court  investigation,  and  they               
shall not  investigate  the  validity  and  legitimacy  of  court               
decisions and sentences.                                                        
                                                                                
     Article 24.  The complaints  shall be lodged in writing. The               
procedure for  the registration  and transfer of complaints shall               
be prescribed by the regulations of the Seimas Seimas Ombudsmen's               
Office.                                                                         
     If complaints  are voiced  verbally, received by phone or if               
the Seimas Ombudsmen have established the indications of abuse of               
office or  bureaucracy from  the press  and other mass media, the               
Seimas Ombudsmen may start investigation on their on initiative.                
                                                                                
     Article 25. The complaint must state:                                      
     1) the addressee _ the Seimas Ombudsman;                                   
     2) the complainant's name, surname and address;                            
     3) the  name, surname and official position of the officials               
against  whom  the  complaint  is  lodged,  and  their  place  of               
employment;                                                                     
     4) the  name of  the decision against which the complaint is               
brought and  the date  of its  adoption, or  the  description  of               
actions against  which the  complaint is  brought, the  date  and               
circumstances of the commitment thereof;                                        
     5) the complainant's stand;                                                
     6)  a   distinctly  phrased  application  addressed  to  the               
Ombudsman;                                                                      
     7) a list of documents attached to the complaint; and                      
     8) the  date on  which the  complaint was  drawn up  and the               
signature of the complainant.                                                   
     Complaints must  be submitted  within  3  months  after  the               
commitment of actions against which the complaint is lodged.                    
     Complaints lodged  after the expiration of this term as well               
as anonymous  complaints shall  not be  investigated  unless  the               
Ombudsman decides otherwise.                                                    
                                                                                
     Article 26. Attached to the complaint may be:                              
     1) a copy of the contested decision;                                       
     2) available evidence or the decision thereof; and                         
     3) a  list of  persons to  be questioned  as proposed by the               
complainant, indicating  their addresses  and circumstances which               
may be substantiated by each of them.                                           
                                                                                
     Article 27.  The Ombudsman  shall refuse  to investigate the               
complaint and return it to the complainant no later that within 7               
days, provided:                                                                 
     1) he  makes a  conclusion that the matter complaint against               
is insignificant;                                                               
     2) the  complaint is lodged after the expiration of the term               
prescribed by  Article 15  of the  Law on the Seimas Ombudsmen of               
the Republic of Lithuania;                                                      
     3) the  circumstances referred  to in  the complaint  do  no               
qualify for the investigation by the Ombusdmen;                                 
     4) the complaint concerning the same matter has already been               
investigated or is being investigated in court; and                             
     5)  a   criminal  action  has  been  brought  against  or  a               
preliminary investigation  is in  progress on  the matter against               
which the complaint is lodged.                                                  
                                                                                
     Article  28.   A  complaint   lodged  repeatedly  after  its               
investigation shall  not be  investigated  unless  the  Ombudsman               
decides otherwise.                                                              
                                                                                
     Article 29. If the complaint is returned to the complainant,               
grounds for  the refusal  to investigate it must be specified. In               
the cases where the complaint is not within the competence of the               
                                                                                
Seimas Ombudsmen,  it must  be specified  in the  refusal to what               
institution the complainant may address this matter.                            
     Non-compliance with  the form of complaint prescribed by law               
or failure to specify the requisites may not serve as the grounds               
for refusal  to investigate  the complaint, with the exception of               
cases where it is impossible to commence investigation due to the               
lack of facts and the complainant refuses to furnish them.                      
                                                                                
     Article 30.  When investigating the complaint, the Ombudsman               
shall be  entitled to  request that the official whose activities               
are under  investigation give  his explanations. Such explanation               
must be  given within the 5 business days. If said explanation is               
not received,  the Seimas  Ombudsman  shall  have  the  right  to               
address to the senior official (collegiate body), who must either               
demand and  obtain the  explanation or  give explanations himself               
within the time limit set by the Seimas Ombudsman.                              
                                                                                
     Article 31.  Upon the completion of the investigation of the               
complaint,  a   statement  shall   be  drawn  up,  in  which  the               
circumstances  revealed  in  the  course  of  investigation,  the               
collected  evidence   and  legal  evaluation  of  the  official's               
activities shall  be provided.  The statement  shall be signed by               
the  Seimas   Ombudsman.  The   head  of   the  office  in  which               
investigation was conducted as well as the official whose actions               
were investigated  and the complainant shall be familiarised with               
the findings of the investigation.                                              
                                                                                
     Article 32.  The complaint  must  be  investigated  and  the               
response must  be given  to complainant within one month from the               
receipt of  complaint. Where  necessary, the Seimas Ombudsman may               
extend the term of investigation for up to one more month and the               
complainant shall be notified thereof.                                          
                                                                                
     Article 33. Upon completing the investigation, the Ombudsman               
shall pass one of the following decisions:                                      
     1) to  refer  the  material  to  investigation  agencies  if               
indications of a crime are revealed;                                            
     2) to  bring a  court action  and recommend  to remove  from               
office the  officials guilty  of  the  abuse  of  their  official               
position and  bureaucracy, with  the exception  of those  who are               
appointed by  the President  of the  Republic or  elected by  the               
Seimas, and  to propose  that moral and material damage caused to               
the person by reason of the violations committed by the officials               
be compensated;                                                                 
     3) to  bring a  court action  or to  appeal  to  a  superior               
institution in  order  to  repeal  the  decision  concerning  the               
official's abuse of his official position;                                      
     4)   to   recommend   that   the   departmental   collegiate               
institution, head  of the  institution in which the investigation               
is conducted,  or the  superior institution  impose  disciplinary               
penalties on the officials guilty of violations;                                
     5) to  bring the  fact of negligence in work, non-compliance               
with laws,  or violation of professional ethics or bureaucracy to               
the attention of the officials concerned;                                       
     6) to  reject the  complaint  if  the  violations  indicated               
therein are not substantiated;                                                  
     7) to  report to  the Seimas  or President  of the  Republic               
about  the   violations  committed  by  the  ministers  or  other               
officials accountable  to the  Seimas or  the  President  of  the               
Republic.                                                                       
                                                                                
                                                                                
               VIII. Procedure for the Preparation                              
                        of Annual Reports                                       
                                                                                
                                                                                
     Article 34.  The preparation  of  annual  reports  shall  be               
organised by  the head  of the  Seimas  Ombudsmen's  Office.  The               
annual report  on the  activities during  the preceding  calendar               
year shall  be prepared  annually and submitted in writing to the               
Seimas by 15 March.                                                             
                                                                                
     Article 35.  The Seimas  Ombudsmen shall prepare and present               
to the  head of  the Ombudsmen's  Office information  about their               
activities by  1 February.  The  information  received  shall  be               
generalised and  the draft  report shall  be prepared, stating in               
which government  and state  institutions, municipal Councils and               
Boards, military and other institutions having similar status the               
greatest number  of violations  have been  established, what  the               
causes  of  these  violations  are,  which  laws  or  legal  acts               
encourage abuse  of one's  official position or bureaucracy, what               
measures should  be taken  in order to reduce the number of cases               
of the abuse or bureaucracy.                                                    
                                                                                
                                                                                
               IX. The Openness of the Activities                               
                     of the Seimas Ombudsmen                                    
                                                                                
     Article 36.  The Seimas  Ombudsmen shall provide information               
according to  the spheres of investigation or with their consent,               
representative  of  the  Seimas  Ombudsmen's  Office  for  public               
relations and information shall provide information for the press               
and other  mass  media  about  the  cases  of  abuse  of  office,               
committed by the officials, or bureaucracy.                                     
     Information which  according to  the list  of  news  of  the               
Republic of  Lithuania constitutes  state  secret  shall  not  be               
divulge to the public.                                                          
                                                                                
     Article 37. The activities of a representative of the Seimas               
Ombudsmen's Office  for public relations and information shall be               
regulated by the Regulations of the Seimas Ombudsmen's Office.                  
                                                                                
     Article 38.  A  representative  of  the  Seimas  Ombudsmen's               
Office for  public relations  and  information  must  record  the               
information published  in the  press, or transmitted by radio and               
television relative to the activities of the Seimas Ombudsmen and               
the decisions  passed by  them, and  shall immediately notify the               
appropriate Seimas Ombudsmen.                                                   
                                                                                
     Article 39.  The the Seimas Ombudsmen's Office shall publish               
an information bulletin.