Inheriting the Soviet legal system, Lithuania was struck by the fact that the preventative, lengthy or unjustified detention on remand had not been in line with the requirements of Article 5 of the convention [the right to liberty]. It was also not legally possible to question the lawfulness of the detention. These problems had been identified by the ECHR in the first Lithuanian cases lost in Strasbourg. After twenty years of the application of the convention in Lithuania the previously mentioned problems under Article 5 (and 6) of the convention have, in principle, disappeared. This was due to the efforts of national courts to guarantee the convention rights at a domestic level.
Danutė Jočienė, Judge of the Constitutional Court of Lithuania, former judge of the European Court of Human Rights, writing in "The Impact of the ECHR on Democratic Change in Central and Eastern Europe"