Thousands of court cases outstanding, minister reveals

There are almost 500,000 cases outstanding at Greece?s administrative courts alone, Justice Minister Miltiadis Papaioannou told a parliamentary committee on Thursday.

He said that as of last June, there were just over 466,000 administrative court cases, including 165,000 tax and customs cases, outstanding.

The minister added that almost 200,000 civil law suits were submitted last year with the average time for a case to be heard being about a year.

Papaioannou also said that there were more than 30,000 cases waiting to be heard by the Court of Audit.

The Athens prosecutor?s office has yet to process some 5,500 criminal cases, the parliamentary committee heard.

Greece is under pressure from the European Union and the International Monetary Fund to overhaul its justice system and to speed up the dispensation of justice.