Financial Mirror (Cyprus)

MPs urged to back justice reform


Justice Minister Emily Yiolitis urged MPs to approve a series of justice reform bills submitted to parliament to avoid Cyprus being tarnished with an ultra-slow legal system.

“The justice reform is an urgent need and cannot be put off any longer,” Yiolitis told CyBC radio on Thursday.

She said discussion­s could not go on forever and that nothing would change by June when the new parliament reconvenes, except starting from scratch again.

Yiolitis argued consultati­ons have been going on for years, adding that a working group was set up to consult with the political parties and stakeholde­rs under her term.

“I consider criticism that not enough time for consultati­on was given unfair.”

She believes broad convergenc­es were found, and there is consensus among those involved.

It takes 6-7 years for a case to be resolved at a district court and 6-7 years for the Supreme Court to adjudicate a case.

“It could take a total of 14 years for a case to be closed in our courts. With the new structure and the reform, cases will be completed, instead of 14 years, in about two years.”

Cyprus has been told by the European Commission to reform its notoriousl­y slow justice system, and its recommenda­tions are linked to the EU Recovery and Resilience Facility.

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