The cabinet on Thursday approved a bill for the creation of an administrative court that has been demanded by lawyers and other professional groups for years and is expected to speed up judicial procedures.
The decision means that the constitution will be amended to afford the new court authority currently held by the Supreme Court under Article 146.
According to the article the court will have “exclusive jurisdiction to adjudicate finally on a recourse made to it on a complaint that a decision, an act or omission of any organ, authority or person, exercising any executive or administrative authority is contrary to any of the provisions of this constitution or of any law or is made in excess or in abuse of powers vested in such organ or authority or person.”
Its powers will be extended to cover tax matters and asylum issues.
“…it will modernise the courts, speed up procedures, and help so that justice delivers decisions at the right time, without the extensions that create problems,” government spokesman Christos Stylianides said.
The administrative court will have five members that will be selected by the supreme judicial council.
The administration, the spokesman said, wanted to create a modern state that will help the country enter a new era.