Three prominent lawyers receive awards for merits to Lithuanian notariat
Three prominent Lithuanian lawyers, two of them formerly Ministers of Justice, received awards for their contribution to Lithuanian notarial reforms quarter of century ago, on Saturday, December 2 in Vilnius.
Former ministers – professors Vytautas Pakalniškis and Jonas Prapiestis, as well as Professor Vytautas Nekrošius from Department of Law of Vilnius University, received the memorial medals of Juozas Vilkutaitis-Keturakis, established by Lithuanian Chamber of Notaries.
An award ceremony took place at the international conference which was dedicated to the 25th Anniversary of notarial reform in Lithuania.
Professor Pakalniškis took office of Minister of Justice in 1991-1992 and 1996-1999. He took active part in drafting and implementing the Law on Notariat, which came into effect on December 1, 1992. Professor Prapiestis, who is a Signatory of the Act of the Re-Establishment of the State of Lithuania, took office of Minister of Justice in 1992-1996. He took part in implementing a newly-introduced Law on Notariat and promoting its principles. Academician Vytautas Nekrošius has contributed to drafting dozens of legal amendments, including the Law on Notariat, and he was an author of dozens of sientific works dedicated to legal professions, including notariat.
On December 1, 2017, the Lithuanian Chamber of Notaries commemorated the 25th Anniversary of notarial reform which terminated the tradition of Soviet state-run notariat and implemented the principles of Latin notaries. Now 261 notary works in Lithuania.