Chamber of Judicial Officers of Lithuania

The judicial officers of the Republic of Lithuania are united into the Chamber of Judicial Officers of Lithuania which implements self-governance of judicial officers.

The Association of the Chamber of Judicial Officers of Lithuania was incorporated during the First Meeting of Judicial Officers that convened on 7 March 2003.

The Chamber of Judicial Officers of Lithuania acts pursuant to the Republic of Lithuania Law on Judicial Officers, the Republic of Lithuania Law on Associations and the Articles of Association of the Chamber of Judicial Officers of Lithuania. All judicial officers are members of the Chamber of Judicial Officers of Lithuania. This means that lawyers who become judicial officers, automatically become members of the Chamber of Judicial Officers of Lithuania acquiring all rights and duties of a member.

Currently, there are 101 judicial officers’ offices across Lithuania with 118 active judicial officers.

The supreme body of the Chamber of Judicial Officers of Lithuania is the judicial officers’ meeting. The judicial officers’ meeting is convened at least on an annual basis by the Chair of the Presidium of the Chamber of Judicial Officers of Lithuania. The Presidium of the Chamber of Judicial Officers of Lithuania is the management body of the CJO. It comprises five members, including the Chair of the Presidium, who are elected by the judicial officers’ meeting for a term of four years. The activities of the Chamber of Judicial Officers of Lithuania are funded by the contributions made by judicial officers. The amount of contributions is determined by the judicial officers’ meeting.

The Chamber of Judicial officers of Lithuania is a member of the International Union of Judicial Officers.

The institution of Lithuanian judicial officers joined this international organization in 2001, when the state judicial officers still functioned in Lithuania. Since 2003, private judicial officers continue international cooperation.

The International association of judicial officers currently has 86 members or associated organisations via co-operation agreements.