Cyprus has managed to reduce the time needed to deliver justice in civil and criminal cases over the past four years, according to the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, responsible for monitoring the proper execution of Court of Human Rights rulings.
In an action report the Committee also agrees with Cyprus that the monitoring status should now be lifted in this sector.
According to the report, after numerous bills and reforms concerning the judicial system in Cyprus, a spectacular reduction of the time needed to deliver justice in civil and criminal cases has been achieved.
Statistical data shows that on December 31, 2009, there were 2,099 pending civil cases Cyprus-wide, which had been filed in 2007. By December 31, 2011, this number had dropped to 1,286.
On December 31, 2010, there were 2,668 pending civil cases that had been filed in 2008. This number had dropped to 1,904 by December 31, 2011.
A reduction in delays in delivering justice in criminal cases was also recorded.
At the district criminal courts of Cyprus, by the end of 2008, there were 239 pending cases, which had been filed in 2006. By the end of 2009, this number had dropped to 21.
In 2008, the number of criminal cases pending was 2,502 and by 2010 they had dropped to 275, while in 2009 there were 3,213 pending cases and by the end of 2011 this number had dropped to 755.
The report notes that the Cypriot authorities have assured efforts would be made to improve the situation even further.