Athens.- Massive delays in the adjudication of court cases have created a major backlog in the Greek judiciary, with newly filed civil court cases in the greater Athens area, for instance, now being scheduled for the second half of 2014.
According to data released this week, one of the biggest reasons for the snail-like pace in adjudicating cases is the constant continuances and postponements, particularly at the Council of State (CoS) level.
One case before the CoS, Greece’s highest administrative tribunal, has been postponed 36 times; two cases have earned 35 postponements, while thousands of cases have been postponed more than a dozen times.
Scheduling of new cases at the three-justice appellate misdemeanor court of Athens now begin in early 2014, while the mixed justice and jury appellate court system will now hear new appeals in the second half of 2011
According to reports, the situation will now worsen with the mass departure of court employees hired under the STAGE contract employee system, as only 148 new hirings are expected to be approved by the justice ministry in 2011.
In terms of figures, 25,391 cases were pending at the CoS in 2006; 27,879 in 2007; 30,705 in 2008 and 30,708 in 2009.