Retired judges to help settle thousands of cases

A bill is due to be submitted to Parliament within the next few days that will absolve courts of the responsibility of ruling on thousands of cases, mainly of a financial nature.

The draft law, part of Greece’s reform commitment to the troika, will lead to cases involving tax, social security and customs dispute between individuals and the state no longer being heard by administrative courts.

Instead, the cases will go before special three-member committees that will play a mediatory role. The panels will be made up of retired judges and a high-ranking member of the School of Public Administration or the local bar association.

It is thought this measure will reduce the number of cases that are heard in administrative courts by half.