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16-09-2019 14:49 | Read 303 times

First time judicial ceremony scrapped

A TRADITIONAL ceremony that is usually held to mark the start of a new judicial year will not take place, for the first time in the history of the TRNC, when court cases resume on Monday.

First time judicial ceremony scrapped

Under a decision taken in June, the Supreme Court is to scrap this year’s ceremony due to “financial reasons” and money earmarked for it will instead be used to upgrade data processing equipment in courts around the country. In lieu of a ceremony, the Supreme Court will hold a press conference on Monday where problems and difficulties being experienced by the courts will be detailed.

Speaking to Cyprus Today’s sister newspaper KIBRIS, Chief Judge Narin Ferdi Şefik said the decision in June was made because of the cost of the ceremony and that, in consultation with the Finance Ministry, it was decided to utilise the funds to upgrade court data processing infrastructure.

He also highlighted next year’s presidential elections, saying: “It is important to meet the needs of the data processing units so that no technical problems are encountered during the elections.

“The official opening ceremony will not take place but statements which used to be made during it will still be issued.”

Cyprus Turkish Bar Association chairman Hasan Esendağlı, whose organization is planning to hold a press conference to give its views on current problems being experienced by the courts, confirmed that cancellation of the historic ceremony was a first in TRNC history.

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