The Republic of Cyprus is one of the slowest countries in the world in terms of the administration of justice. On average, in the European Union, the duration of the trial is 240 days, while in Cyprus it is more than 2500. At the same time, in a battle for commercial cases about 1100 days go away. On March 28, a conference devoted to the judicial system of the Republic of Cyprus was held in Nicosia. It was organized by the Central Bank. According to the Cyprus News Agency, the head of the Central Bank of the Crystal Yorkadzhi acknowledged that Cyprus litigation is one of the longest in the world. According to the World Economic Forum, Cyprus occupies the 73rd place in the ranking of countries for the time required to close the court case. Cyprus shares this place with Cameroon, passing Uganda, Pakistan and Egypt ahead. On the other hand, Cyprus occupies a rather high place – the 22nd in the world – according to such an indicator as the ability of citizens to initiate legal proceedings against the state. The costs of the judicial system included in the budget of the Republic of Cyprus are among the lowest in the EU. The state spends only 25 euros per resident. This is only 0.12% of the state budget. On average, the European Union is about 0.32%. In addition, Cyprus lacks qualified judges – there are only 12 for every 100,000 population (for the EU as a whole – 20). Recall that the government of Nikos Anastasiadis initiated the reform of the judicial system, but of the 18 innovations only four were implemented. In Cyprus, a school has recently been established to train judges. In addition, the authorities invited foreign experts who studied the Cyprus judicial system and made a list of 21 recommendations for its improvement. One of the main tasks is to consider cases accumulated in recent years in the shortest possible time. This will require 26 judges who are already waiting for the official appointment to posts in various divisions of the justice system of the Republic of Cyprus. Commercial courts will begin work in Nicosia (with three judges) and in Limassol (with two judges) in 2020. As regards the e-justice system, which is supposed to do away with paper documentation, the government faced problems during the tender process. In the process of creation – a separate administrative court, which will consider appeals of applicants for refugee status. For 30 years, the Cypriot authorities have been trying to start building a new building for the Nicosia District Court. The World Bank has even conducted a study of the project, the implementation of which will require 50 million euros. It is assumed that it will be implemented in the framework of cooperation between the public and private sectors. On the photo from the archives of the Cyprus News Agency: a fire broke out at night on February 26, 2018 in the evidence store in the Nicosia District Court. As a result, part of the material evidence was destroyed, which made the clerical work in some cases deadlocked.
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