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New justice minister urges speedy judicial reform

The new Justice Minister Emily Yiolitis

Justice Minister Emily Yiolitis on Monday stressed the need for swift reform of the justice system and urged MPs to approve the relevant bills.

In a written statement, Yiolitis noted the urgent need for the reforms and touched upon a yearly report from the European Justice Commission which ranked Cyprus poorly – especially in the length of time it takes for a court case to be resolved.

“I hope that within the month the bills which were designed with such persistent effort by my predecessors will be voted on,” she said on Monday.

She noted two new initiatives which would decongest the courts and would swiftly bring court cases to a resolution.

The first would move the appeal process from the first instance court to the court of appeals – which will be granted on the basis of criteria.

The second initiative sets out for the creation of a small claims court, with simpler, quicker procedures.

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