Apeliacija Lietuvos administraciniame procese: pagrindinės reformos kryptys.
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Alongside the establishment of administrative courts in Lithuania in 1999, it was necessary to adopt a legal act, regulating proceedings in those courts, very promptly. Naturally it was impossible even to think about the comprehensive code of administrative procedure at that time. Drafting of codified legal would have taken a lot of time; especially taking into account the fact that there was no practice of functioning of administrative courts in Lithuania theretofore. Law on Administrative Proceedings of the Republic of Lithuania was drafted and adopted by the way of transferring provisions of the Code of Civil Procedure, effectual at that moment, modifying some of them in order to adjust to the peculiarities of administrative procedure. The same applies also to the provisions of the Law on Administrative Proceedings regulating the appellate procedure in a court of higher instance. It stands to reason that transfer and modification of provisions from other legal act, without having a clear concept of certain type of procedure, could only be a temporary solution. Present regulation of appellate procedure in Law on Administrative Proceedings is far not perfect and practical activities of the Supreme Administrative Court of Lithuania have already disclosed a number of shortcomings. In respect that a new Code of Administrative Procedure is presently under preparation, the article aims to overlook main possible directions for the development of legal regulation of appellate procedure in administrative cases. Limited volume of the article prevents the author from exhaustive analysis of all necessary amendments. Thus the article is practically limited to the analysis of most conceptual issues – nature and principles of appeal.
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