Cyprus justice system ranked worst in EU Justice Scoreboard 2022

Justice delayed is justice denied

Cyprus’ performance is the worst in the EU according to the 2022 EU Justice Scoreboard, which was published yesterday, provides a relative overview of the independence, quality and effectiveness of judicial systems in EU Member States.

The performance of the Cyprus justice system, based on the time it takes to complete court cases, places it at the bottom of the list compared with other European Union member states.

The Scoreboard gives an annual overview of indicators focusing on the essential parameters of effective judicial systems:

Efficiency – the duration of the procedures, the percentage of processing and the number of pending cases.

Changes in Procedural rules in Supreme Court due to Covid-19 Pandemic
Changes in Procedural rules in Supreme Court due to Covid-19 Pandemic

Quality – legal aid and court costs, training, monitoring of court activities, budget, human resources and standards on the quality of court decisions.

Consumer Protection average length of judicial review in 2013, 2018-2020
Consumer Protection average length of judicial review in 2013, 2018-2020

Independence – the perception of businesses and the public regarding the independence of the judiciary, safeguards for judges and safeguards for the functioning of national prosecutors.

Estimated time needed to resolve Civil Commercial Administrative and other cases
Estimated time needed to resolve Civil Commercial Administrative and other cases

Cyprus takes the longest time (in excess of 1,000 days) compared to all EU member states to resolve civil, commercial, administrative and other cases.

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Rate of Resolving Administrative Cases in 2012,2018-2020

Cyprus also takes the longest amount of time (in excess of 2,500 days) compared to all EU member states to resolve administrative cases in all court cases.

Eu Justice Score Board 2022 Cyprus
Court Fees to start judicial proceeding in specific cases 2021

Cyprus has one of the largest numbers of pending civil, commercial and administrative cases.

Cyprus also has the longest judicial review period of all EU member states.

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