Court: Existing legal regulation is not sufficient to guarantee the rights of individuals

On April 12, 2019 Panevėžys District Court has decided that the civil status record may contain a surname with the letter “x”. In 2018 the applicant married a Belgian national and chose the spouse’s name. However, when registering a marriage in Lithuania, Panevėžys Registrar’s Office did not satisfy the applicant’s request to enter her surname…

Is the slogan “Lithuania for Lithuanians” – a hate crime?

April 9, 2019, the District Court of Vilnius City issued a judgment in the case, which became a cause célèbre and concerned a hate crime committed against Fabian Sanchez, a citizen of Ecuador. The Court found J.Malinovski and E.Lukasevicius guilty of causing a public nuisance under the rule of Article 284 of the Criminal Code of Republic of Lithuania (Criminal Code) and…

First court decision in klaipeda: letter „w“ is allowable

On 3rd of April this year Klaipeda District Court issued a decision about the original spelling of a letter „w“ in a marriage certificate. Whereas European Foundation of Human Rights has won over 40 cases in Lithuanian courts, it is the first court ruling in Klaipeda. In 2018 applicant got married to a citizen of Switzerland and took his surname in its original form…

The „w” letter wins again

On March 15 this year Vilnius District Court made a decision to allow spelling of the surname of a Lithuanian citizen with „w” letter in the marriage certificate. The case concerned the wife of a journalist of Radio Znad Wilii and Polish Radio Kamil Zalewski. The Court stated, that the applicant lives with her husband…

Courts still close the loopholes caused by legislature

In 2014 Constitutional Court noted that in some cases non-Lithuanian names and surnames can be registered not only by means of Lithuanian language characters, but also using characters of the Latin alphabet. Nevertheless, the current legislation states that in the official documents of citizens of Lithuania names and surnames are to be spelled by means…

Beginning of 2019 with another letter “w” in the marriage certificate.

On 8th of January this year District Court of Vilnius City issued a decision regarding the original spelling of names and surnames. Judita Zavadzka, the Applicant, who at the beginning of 2018 has married Polish citizen, has turned to the Court after rejection from The Vilnius Registrar’s Office regarding the change of the surname from…

Courts decision: “x” eligible for marriage certificate

On 8th of December 2018 District Court of Vilnius City issued a decision regarding the original spelling of names and surnames. The Applicant married a citizen of Lichtenstein and took his surname “Marxer”. However, The Vilnius Registrar’s Office (USC) rejected the addition of the surname with “x” to the records. In the decision, the Court…

The court has made a decision – “Jacquet” instead of “Žakė“

After examining the case of the records of surnames of a children with dual citizenship in the records of civil status, Vilnius city District Court has decided to oblige the Civil Registry Office to change the surnames of children from “Žakė” to its original surname “Jacquet”, and to issue a birth certificate. In the French…

Another surname with “w” will appear in the Lithuanian Population Register

Vilnius City District Court on October 1 made another decision on the original spelling of personal names. The Lithuanian citizen, who appealed to the court, in  2015, in the United Arab Emirates,  married a British citizen and took her husband’s surname „Newman“ . The Civil Registry Office of the Legal Department of the Vilnius City…

Courts work also in summer – next ruling on “w”

On 6 August this year, the Vilnius District Court adopted next ruling on the spelling of names and surnames. The applicant entered into a marriage with a citizen of the United Kingdom, P.J. Warne, however, in the marriage certificate the surname of the applicant was written with the letter “v”. After the adoption of a…

A Lithuanian living in Alaska won the surname with “w”

On July 25th 2018 The Vilnius District Court passed yet another verdict on the original spelling case of names and surnames. This time, for a Lithuanian who married a citizen of the United States of America and took a surname with a “w”. A citizen of Lithuania, who lives in Alaska, reached out to the…

Another favourable verdict for the letter “w”

Vilnius City District Court has ruled yet another verdict and obliged the Civil Registry Office to change the surname of a Lithuanian citizen who married a citizen of Polish to “Wojewoda”. According to the assessment of the court, the prohibition to adopt last name “Wojewoda” is disproportionate to the inconvenience that an applicant would suffer…

The Court accepted ruling in the case of the right to spell both names and surnames

On the 17 October Vilnius City Administrative Court accepted ruling in „Felix” case holds that client’s son, Felix Rimkus, may receive, ID card and passport that contains his name written in Lithuanian language and in original form on the documents main page, from  Migration Office of Vilnius Region Chief Police Commissariat that is legally obliged…

The Court decided: “Q” on the first page of passport

On 28th of September 2017, Administrative Court of Vilnius, on the request of applicants considered a complaint and annulled decision of Migration Office.  The Court obliged Migration Office to issue a Lithuanian passport to the son of the applicant, Joranas Jacquet with both Lithuanian and original spelling of the name (Jacquet) on the first page…

Court ruled: the racist attack considered as a hate crime

Kaunas District Court on 13 September examined the appeal complaint lodged by the injured party with regard to the judgment of the court of first instance. Victims of the rape claim the racist attack for hate crimes. Kaunas District Court changed the verdict of the Kaunas District Court, stating that two youngsters, who in March…

Digital signature – also for EU citizens.

Citizen of Belgium and inhabitant of Lithuania turned for help to EFHR. Couple of years ago Migration Authorities issued a document allowing for permanent stay in Lithuania and allowing to use electronic services, like digital signature. Unfortunately, problems began when in 2015 Applicant’s ID has been changed into attestation – Mobile network operator canceled digital…

The letter “w” challenge – Parliament hesitates, and the courts are working

On April 11th 2017 Vilnius District Court passed another ruling on the writing of the letter “w” in the marriage certificate. The court stated that “the applicant has married a Polish citizen Bartłomiej Makarewicz and chose the name – Mušeikytė-Makarewicz”. In Poland it is identified as Mušeikytė-Makarewicz. For this reason, the refusal to register and…