Constitution of the Republic of Lithuania establishes that the courts of the Republic of Lithuania are as follows: the Supreme Court of Lithuania, the Court of Appeal of Lithuania, regional courts and district (local) courts.
A court system of the Republic of Lithuania is made up of courts of general jurisdiction and courts of special jurisdiction.
District Court of Panevėžys (Chambers in Panevėžys, Biržai, Pasvalys, Kupiškis and Rokiškis) is a general jurisdiction court.
District (local) courts are the first instance courts (Art. 15 of the Law on Courts of the Republic of Lithuania) for:
1) civil cases, assigned to their jurisdiction by law;
2) criminal cases, assigned to their jurisdiction by law;
3) cases assigned to their jurisdiction by law of mortgage judges;
4) cases of some administrative offences assigned to their jurisdiction by law;
5) cases related to enforcement of decisions and sentences.
6) In cases provided by the law, judges of a district (local) court perform functions of a pre-trial judge, an enforcement judge and other functions assigned to their jurisdiction of a district (local) court by law.