Lithuanian parliament passes law on private investigators

Some 83 parliamentarians voted in favour, four were against. The law will step into force next year. Conservative MP Arvydas Anušauskas who urged to vote in support of the law said it would “shed daylight on the operations,” which have existed in Lithuania but were not regulated by law.

The legislation defines basic principles and limits of detective operations and conditions for becoming a detective. Under the law, a person seeking to become a private investigator will have to have at least a college-level degree in law and pass an exam of private investigators. Persons working in law-enforcement, legislative or intelligence institutions will not be eligible for the duties.

The certification of the detective qualifications will be issued indefinitely but may be suspended, in case of a suspicion or charges of serious crime or crime against justice, public service and public interests, as well as amid suspicion of the detective exceeding his limits.

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