On 18 June the Supreme Court of Cyprus announced the adoption of new Rules of Civil Procedure. The preparation of the new Rules was facilitated through a cooperation project conducted by the Council of Europe in partnership with the European Union.
The new Rules are one of the essential components of ongoing justice reform in Cyprus, which the Council of Europe together with the DG-REFORM, the European Commission’s Directorate General for Structural Reform Support, will continue to support. The Rules of Civil Procedure should contribute to better protection of the rights and freedoms as defined in the European Convention on Human Rights and further uphold the rule of law and strengthen judicial efficiency.
“This is a leading example of how legal cooperation projects supported by the European Union uphold our common values and standards as enshrined in the European Convention on Human Rights”, said Council of Europe Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić. “We will further deploy our expertise to assist Cyprus in the ongoing reform to improve the efficiency of its judicial system”, she added.
The next phase of the Project envisages implementation of a comprehensive training program for judges, lawyers and registrars for explanation of the general context and the main changes in the Civil Procedure Rules before their entry into force.