Lituanie - Autorité centrale & informations pratiques

Autorité(s) centrale(s):

Ministry of Justice

Contact details:
Address: Ministry of Justice
Gedimino ave. 30
LT-01104 Vilnius
Telephone: +370 600 38 904
Fax: S.O.
General website:
Contact person: International Cooperation and Human Rights Policy Group
Languages spoken by staff: lituanien, anglais, russe


Practical Information:
(The following information was provided by the relevant State authorities or was obtained from the replies to the 2003 Service Convention Questionnaire)

Forwarding authorities
(Art. 3(1)):
The courts of the Republic of Lithuania (all instances, i.e., district courts of cities and regions - in total 49 -, county courts - in total 5 -, the Lithuanian Court of Appeals and the Lithuanian Supreme Court) examining civil or commercial cases are competent to forward a request for service of documents to the foreign Central Authority.
Methods of service
(Art. 5(1)(2)):

Documents may be served (delivered) to a person:

- sent by registered letter at the residential, official or registered office address of the person (the addressee);
- served personally upon signed acknowledgement at the residence, official or registered office address of the person (the addressee);
- other methods of service provided this method of service (delivery) ensures that the document is served (the entire information contained therein will be delivered (will become known to) the recipient.

Costs relating to execution of the request for service
(Art. 12):

The fee for service of documents in the Republic of Lithuania is EUR 110 (one hundred ten euro).

The application for service of documents shall be accompanied with the evidence supporting the payment of the fee by a bank transfer to the account of the Chamber of Judicial Officers of Lithuania:

Chamber of Judicial Officers of Lithuania
Address: Konstitucijos Ave. 15, LT-09319 Vilnius, Republic of Lithuania Account No. LT92 4010 0424 0031 5815, AB "DnB bankas",
bank code 40100 Data accumulated and stored in the Register of Legal Entities, code 126198978.
Tel. +370 5 2750067, +370 5 275 0068

Where in relation to the submission of the application the fee of EUR 110 is not paid, and no documents supporting the payment of the fee are submitted, the Central Authority shall return the documents in the same order as they were received, indicate the reason for returning the documents, and provide the information about the amount of the fee and possible payment methods. The return of the documents does not mean the documents cannot be submitted for service repeatedly.

Within the Republic of Lithuania, the documents can be served without having paid the fee of EUR 110, provided the applicant submits the evidence that the fee has been paid or compensated from the funds of the State-guaranteed legal assistance.

In case the application includes a request for service of the documents in a specific way requiring additional expenses the applicant shall defray the expenses not included in the fee of EUR 110 in advance and in the specific required way according to the documents supporting the amount of the specific expenses submitted by the Chamber of Judicial Officers of Lithuania (bailiffs).

Time for execution of request: 1.5 - 2 months 
Oppositions and declarations
(Art. 21(2)):
Click here to read all the declarations and reservations made by Lithuania under this Convention.
Art. 8(2): Opposition
Art. 10(a): Opposition 
Art. 10(b): Opposition
Art. 10(c): Opposition
Art. 15(2): Declaration of applicability
Art. 16(3): Declaration of applicability

Derogatory channels (bilateral or multilateral agreements or internal law permitting other transmission channels)
(Arts. 11, 19, 24 and 25)

Information may not be complete or fully updated – please contact the relevant authorities to verify this information.

Bilateral conventions on judicial co-operation: Azerbaijan, Belarus, People’s Republic of China, Kazakhstan, Republic of Moldova, Poland, Russian Federation, Ukraine, Uzbekistan.

Agreement between Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia on legal assistance and legal relations.

Council Regulation (EC) No 1393/2007 on the service in the Member States of judicial and extrajudicial documents in civil or commercial matters (Strasbourg, 13 November 2007) (European Judicial Atlas – Service of Documents).

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