Two judges dismissed by president

  • 2011-03-29
  • TBT Staff

VILNIUS - Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite has dismissed two district judges for misconduct as part of an ongoing campaign to clean up the judicial system. 

The president signed a decree removing Kaunas District Court Judge Arvydas Stankas and Vilnius District Court Judge Zenonas Birstonas from office on March 29. Both were accussed of discrediting the legal system - Stankus for falsifying documents and Birstonas after he was arrested for public drunkeness.

Following a pledge to clean up the legal system Grybauskaite removed four other judges from office last year. According to Lithuanian law, a presidential decree is the only way to remove a judge from office.