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Athens News Agency: News in English, 05-09-01

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

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  • [01] Government's judiciary reform paying off, PM says

  • [01] Government's judiciary reform paying off, PM says

    The government has made significant achievements regarding judiciary reform but more remains to be done, Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis said after visiting the Justice Ministry on Thursday, a practice the premier has adopted as part of his review process of ministries' progress.

    "The judiciary is Democracy's strongest foundation," Karamanlis said after his meeting with Justice Minister Athanassios Papaligouras.

    The government's key objectives regarding the judicial branch, from the moment it took office, were to modernise the judiciary, upgrade its quality, speed up processes and reinforce its independence, he explained.

    In terms of quality upgrading, Karamanlis said that from January until today, a number of judges found to have violated their oath have been expelled.

    "We have adopted strict measures that reflect the government's volition to crack down on corruption, and to support the overwhelming majority of judges who are honest," Karamanlis said.

    The prime minister also referred to the legislative measures the government has taken as part of its reform programme, such as simplifying and accelerating pre-trial procedures, improving the operation of criminal courts, and reinforcing defendants' rights.

    In terms of infrastructure, Karamanlis said that significant progress has been made with the building of new court houses and prisons, and the modernisation of courts' computer systems.

    "Our interventions are already bringing about results; they are leading to significant changes that will soon become apparent to citizens - often incovenienced when dealing with the court system - as well as to judges and lawyers," he said.


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