Large Increase in Greek Court Cases

courtThe President of the Greek Union of Judges and Prosecutors, Vassiliki Thanou announced that during the next judicial year, the 18-month custody will probably cease to exist.

She spoke during the hearing of the parliamentary committee that is in charge of processing the bill for “just satisfaction for exceeding the reasonable duration of proceedings in civil and criminal courts as well as the Court of Audit.”

Addressing the Minister of Justice and the MPs, Mrs. Thanou said that there are so many cases that the Court of Appeal expressed its concern for the next judicial year, saying “the 18-month custody will cease to exist.”

The main reason for the irrational number of cases is the fact that due to the Greek economic crisis the number of cases concerning economic affairs and crimes has increased to alarming levels.

Statistics show that in 2008 the investigative offices of the First Instance Court in Athens, Greece, handled 4,000 cases, while in 2012 there were 8,500 cases.

Meanwhile, criminal audiences are also faced with a large number of cases, she added, because it is humanly impossible for the court to complete all cases. Inevitably, half of the cases have been postponed. She mentioned the example of the First Instance Court of Athens scheduling urgent cases of interlocutory proceedings after six months. Hearings for civil cases are set for after three to four years.

The situation in cases of highly indebted households is quite tragic and most cases are scheduled to go to court in 2020 or 2022.

She expressed the need to fill the gaps that exist in permanent positions and infrastructure and to increase the number of students in the School of Magistrates.


  1. Hearing cases in the year 2020 and 2022 is a joke…
    People would have dropped dead by then…More judges need to be appointed and laws amended..
    Greece needs a land titles office urgently and a centralised licensing scheme for all trades and professionals..Strata schemes to have insurance..

  2. If some of the police, court and prison work was privatized to best offer and financial incentives tied to successful prosecutions, it would lead to a rapid turn around.

    As it stands, with scarce government funds but excessive leftist union demands for more money, the system will remain understaffed. Our unions fight privatization not out of the interests of our country but because they want to milk the Greek taxpayer.

  3. The option for civil cases is mediation or arbitration whereby the disputing parties attempt to settle their issues without waiting years for the courts. Arbitration findings can be binding. Often the courts require the two disputing parties to attempt to settle by mediation as a prerequisite. In general as the economy deteriorates the case load on the courts increases significantly.

  4. I guess this means a lot of PASOK and ND Crooks will walk free too! How CONVENIENT!
    In Greece today we have 2 “Criminal Gangs” from PASOK and New
    Democracy Parties running a government of Thieves, Liars & Crooks who
    created all these problems today.

    It was PASOK & ND Parties who created all the financial problems in Greece
    by their corrupt rule and mismanagement– (Akis Tzahadzopolous and Yiannos
    Papantoniou are ex-MPs from PASOK who are an example of their horrific

    1.) Why isn’t PASOK’s MP Venizelos in jail for hiding the Legarde List 2 years
    in his home? And what about Venizelos’ controversial submarine bribery deal, he
    signed in 2010?

    2.) Why isn’t PASOK’s Finance MP Papconstantiou in jail for removing his
    relative’s names on the List?

    3.) What about PASOK & ND Parties still owing 250 million Euros to the
    Banks in phony loans they have not paid back a penny yet?

    4.) What about Health Minister Georgiades who got caught cheating on his taxes
    the other day and was let off with a minor fine of 1200 Euros. Whys is he still
    a Minister and not fired??

    5.) Why aren’t Kyriakos Mitsotakis and his sister Dora in jail after taking
    BRIBES from Seimens?

    It seems to me the Gov’t and Press here is using ANYTHING as a DISTRACTION to
    take attention away from the Massive Crimes these two corrupt Parties have
    committed as well as Treason against the whole Greek nation after 39 years of
    corrupt rule– They MUST ALL BE IMPEACHED and JAILED for high crimes and
    TREASON against the Greek People and State!

  5. The crooks and corrupts of Pasok and ND will never be charged for any crimes even if they committed a crime…This is a fact in Greece political system…