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2019.04.23 14:34

Years before public regains trust in Lithuanian courts, sociologist says

The Lithuanian public is slowly regaining trust in the country's judiciary system, but it will take more time before it recovers after a recent scandal, a pollster says.

The latest public opinion poll released by the daily Lietuvos Rytas on Saturday shows that the public's trust in the courts has grown to 18 percent in April, from 15.8 percent in March.

“Trust is beginning to recover. The percentage of those who trust (courts) rose 2 percentage points and the share those who distrust (courts) fell 10 points,” Vladas Gaidys, CEO of Vilmorus, which conducted the poll, told BNS.

However, it may take a year or even more to bring the public's trust back to the pre-scandal levels, he added.

In February, law enforcement agents detained several dozen judges and lawyers in suspected corruption case.

In the wake of the scandal, the percentage of respondents who said they distrusted Lithuania's courts doubled to 43 percent in March, from 21 percent in February.

Vilmorus carried out the representative survey for Lietuvos Rytas between April 4 and 13.