The Deputy Ministry of Research and Innovation has taken on the building of a platform to be used for the submission of court cases and to provide services to the public, Justice Minister George Savvides said on Monday.
Speaking after a meeting on the reopening of the Courts held at the Presidential Palace with the participation of himself, President Anastasiades, the Attorney General, the Supreme Court President, the Bar Association President, the Law Commissioner and the Deputy Minister of Research and Innovation, Savvides said that the platform will be ready in a few weeks and its aim is to limit the necessity of citizens’ physical presence at the Courts as a protective measure for Covid-19.
He said that they are also considering amending the procedure for solemn declarations so that citizens don’t need to sign them in person.
Amid options discussed, Savvides added, is the possibility to hold certain court proceedings via teleconference, especially at the initial stages where the presence of defendants and witnesses is not required.
During the meeting, attendees agreed to put together a Committee comprising all concerned parties, including the Parliament, in order to provide the Deputy MoI with all necessary data to enable the launch of the platform as soon as possible.
Finally, Savvides said that any amendments to the operation of the Courts will be within the framework of the government’s easing of movement restrictions expected to take place at the Cabinet meeting on Wednesday.
“On Thursday, the Supreme Court plenary, which has the exclusive right of making decisions on the operation of the Courts, will decide how we proceed, in light of the decisions of the Council of Ministers on Wednesday,” he said.