A lot of trials postponed; working hours don’t help
Sometimes trial postponements reach into double figures: a lawyer involved has to attend to another case; a witness, or a defendant, excuses themselves for health reasons. A simple affidavit by a private doctor is enough and is not usually contested by the trial case.
According to data from the Athens Court of First Instance, 45% of the cases before a single-judge misdemeanor court – the simplest ones – from 2018 to 2022 were postponed, along with 55% of cases in three-judge lower courts.
There is also the sacrosanct working hours, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a break in between. When the clock strikes 3, courts adjourn. And while many governments have declared wanting to extend courts’ working hours, none has dared.