How to submit an enforceable document?

How to submit an enforcement document in paper form?

Moneraty claims. The original paper enforcement order (not a copy) has to be submitted to the Chamber of Judicial Officers of Lithuania (hereinafter – the Chamber) at the following address: Konstitucijos pr. 15, LT-09319 Vilnius.

The abovementioned enforcement order must also be sent together with an application (a request for the enforcement of the enforcement order), that is given below. The application must be filled and signed accordingly.

APPLICATION FORM (click and download the application form in Word format)

The received paper enforcement order is digitized at the Chamber. After the enforcement order is signed by the competent employee of the Chamber – the document is further managed and handled as an electronic enforcement order. The original paper enforcement order is sent back to the authority that issued the said enforcement order.

The Bailiffs Information System (hereinafter – BIS) automatically assigns a judicial officer and sends the electronic enforcement order to them. The relevant judicial officer is automatically picked depending on where the debtor resides, works or has personal property in.

After BIS assigns a judicial officer, he/she has no longer than 3 days to check if there are no legal obstacles to start the necessary enforcement procedures. If no obstacles are found – the judicial officer accepts the enforcement order and starts the enforcement case.

For questions, related to submitting paper enforcement orders (in paper form), please contact us by e-mail vdskirstymas@antstoliurumai.lt.

Not monetary claims. Finding a judicial officer is a responsibility and choice of a creditor.

The enforceable document must be presented to a judicial officer operating in the territory of residence, employment or property ownership of a debtor. The full lists of judicial officers operating in specific areas of jurisdiction are published on the website of the Chamber of Judicial Officers of Lithuania: <https://www.antstoliurumai.lt/lt/antstoliu-paieska>.

For example, if the debtor’s place of residence is Alytus or Alytus District, the enforcement order must be presented to one of the judicial officers operating in the territory of jurisdiction of the district court of Alytus, Lazdijai and Prienai Districts.

By selecting Alytus in the settings of the search field of this website, you will be provided a list of all judicial officers’ offices available in the territory of operation of the district courts in Alytus, Lazdijai and Prienai Districts. One can select any judicial officer on this list.

Written enforceable documents may be submitted to judicial officers by bringing them directly to the judicial officer's office or sending them via registered mail.

Documents issued in electronic form (ADOC format) can be conveniently submitted to judicial officers remotely via the portal www.antstoliai.lt. If plaintiffs are unable to log in to the Judicial Officers’ Information System and sign their application for submission of the enforceable document with an electronic signature, the electronic enforceable document and application may be submitted to a judicial officer via his/her official e-mail (the e-mails of all judicial officers are available on the website of the Chamber of Judicial Officers of Lithuania at www.antstoliurumai.lt). The application for submission of the enforceable document must be signed with a physical signature and its scanned copy must be submitted to the judicial officer via e-mail. A scanned copy of a personal identity document should also be added to the application. Electronic enforceable documents may also be copied to a USB flash drive which can then be brought to the judicial officer's office.

The application must indicate the following:

  • Creditor’s full name and personal ID number for natural persons or corporate name and registration number for legal entities;
  • Contact details (address, telephone number, fax number, e-mail address)
  • Judicial officer’s full name and office address;
  • Date of issue and number of the enforcement document, and name of issuing authority;
  • Recoverable amount;
  • Debtor’s full name and personal ID number for natural persons or corporate name and registration number for legal entities
  • Bank name and account number of the creditor the funds recovered can be transferred to.

Payment form and principles

Judgement enforcement costs in Lithuania are a state-regulated payment instrument the purpose of which is to ensure the collection of revenue necessary for the functioning of the enforcement system, and to encourage voluntary execution of legal decisions. Pursuant to Art. 609 of the Code of Civil Procedure, enforcement costs comprise of: 1) costs of administration of enforcement proceedings necessary for the execution of mandatory actions in all enforcement proceedings; 2) additional costs of administration of enforcement proceedings incurred during the execution of separate actions in specific enforcement proceedings; 3) remuneration to judicial officers for the enforcement of enforceable titles prescribed by law, statement of factual circumstances by court order, and the transfer and service of documents by court order.

Enforcement cost size, calculation and payment procedures are provided for in the Instructions for Enforcement of Decisions approved by order of the Minister of Justice. The Instructions for Enforcement of Decisions specify the sizes of enforcement costs and remuneration to judicial officer according to the categories of enforceable titles. The general principle is that all enforcement costs are covered by the plaintiff, however, upon enforcement of a court judgement, these costs are recovered from the debtor. However, exceptions apply in individual cases.

The Instructions for Enforcement of Decisions establish that, by taking into account the financial situation of the plaintiff – natural person, the judicial officer may exempt him/her in whole or in part from payment of enforcement costs or may postpone the payment of enforcement costs. For example, if the plaintiff is a socially disadvantaged person, the judicial officer must exempt him/her from the payment of required enforcement costs or postpone the payment of these enforcement costs for a period of at least 30 days within which such a person must apply to the State Guaranteed Legal Aid Service on the provision of secondary legal aid to cover the necessary enforcement costs.

The Judicial officer may exempt the plaintiff – legal entity in whole or in part from payment of enforcement costs or may postpone the payment of enforcement costs in cases where the judicial officer receives an enforcement order issued in the civil proceedings in which the said legal entity has been exempt in whole or in part from payment of stamp duty, or in which the payment of stamp duty is postponed for the said legal entity. For other plaintiffs – legal entities, postponement may be applied only to the payment of additional enforcement costs incurred in performance of separate actions in specific enforcement proceedings.