Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades has outlined all the reforms and projects which are going ahead with regards to the justice system aiming to enhance the flexibility, effectiveness and speed of the delivery of justice in Cyprus.
President Anastasiades, who was addressing on Saturday the inauguration ceremony of the new Pafos District Court buildings of a cost of €6 million, expressed his pride “because no international or European body has ever made any remark on the integrity and honesty of justice and the state’s institutions in general.”
He said that a news Administrative Court of International Protection which will handle asylum applications will be established, adding that the bill has been voted by Parliament and procedures are underway for the Court to be able to operate.
He also said that a bill on the Administration’s compliance with the Administrative Court’s rulings, as well as a bill on the establishment of a Commercial Court which will deal on a fast track basis with relevant civil cases are both before Parliament.
President Anastasiades added that e-justice which ha to do with the courts’ ability to electronically manage their caseload will constitute a decisive step towards improving and speeding up court procedures.
He further referred to the projects of the new building for the District Courts of Nicosia estimated to cost €58.2 million, the new building of the District Court of Famagusta estimated to cost €6 million, the restoration of the old Supreme Court building set to cost €1 million, the renovation of the old Filoxenia hotel to house the Commercial Court and renting a building to house the Administrative Court of International Protection.
On the reform of the structure and operation of Courts, he noted that an experts’ report was completed last March and an action plan has been drafted in cooperation with Supreme Court Justices.
“We are at an advanced stage and I hope that soon we will achieve what has been my vision, shared by the Justice Minister, who has had the full cooperation of all actors involved in the justice system and now we are going ahead with the implementation of a radical justice reform,” he pointed out.
(Cyprus News Agency)