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Lextal Represents Estonian Cities in Dispute with Estonian Government Office


The Baltic Lextal law firm is representing the cities of Tallinn and Narva in appeals against the Government Office, after it refused to grant approvals for 13 high schools (10 in Talinn and 3 in Narvia) to teach in Russian.

At issue -- according to Lextal -- is whether the Estonian Basic Schools and Upper Secondary Schools Act gives the Government Office the right to interfere with the issue of a municipal school’s study language -- and whether that right is in accordance with the local government’s constitutional right to self-organization.

The Tallinn Circuit Court reversed the administrative court's decision and un-revoked the Government Office’s orders. The Administrative Chamber of the Supreme Court accepted the appeal of Tallinn and Narva into process on June 20l 2013 and discussed the matter at a hearing on December 19, 2013. A ruling is expected soon.

Lextal Partner Karl Kask and attorney Margus Reiland represented Talinn and Narva.



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