The personal composition of the Commission and its chairman – the signatory of the Act of Independence Mr. Emanuelis Zingeris – were approved by the decree of 16 October of 2012, issued by the President of the Republic of Lithuania Ms.Dalia Grybauskaitė. The members of the Commission perform their duties on a public basis.
In order to draw a distinction between the crimes of the Nazi occupation regime and the Soviet occupation regime, the decree mandates to institute two separate and independent Sub- commissions. Implementing this provision, the members of the Commission have spread into the Sub-commission for the evaluation of the crimes of the Nazi occupation regime and the Holocaust, headed by prof. Saulius Sužiedėlis, and the Sub-commission for the evaluation of crimes of the Soviet occupation regime, headed by Dr. Arvydas Anušauskas.
The Commission organizes its work and activities in accordance with the Rules of procedure, approved on 2 June of 2000.
The work of the Commission is organized and coordinated by the Secretariat of the Commission, headed by the Commission’s Executive Director Mr.Ronaldas Račinskas. The Secretariat is a budgetary institution established by the Government of the Republic of Lithuania and acting under the regulations of the Secretariat, approved by the Government.