THE JUSTICE ministry will open six new judges’ positions in a bid to tackle the ever-increasing number of cases and the huge delays in Cypriot courts.
Four other positions will open through promotions.
“Filling these 10 positions … will afford courts the ability to tackle increasing needs but also to expedite the dispensation of justice,” Justice Minister Ionas Nicolaou said.
The minister said the proposal had already been submitted to the cabinet.
Justice is notoriously slow in Cyprus with cases still pending in court after several years.
Lawyers warned that the system was on the brink of collapse as vacant positions were not being filled, because of cutbacks, and dozens of new cases filed each day.
Courts were also expected to deal with a wave of lawsuits filed by people who lost money during the island’s banking crisis, which saw one bank close and deposits seized in another.