National justice systems


This section provides you with an overview of the court system in Greece.

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Organisation of justice - judicial systems

Justice in Greece is one of the three functions of the State. According to the principle of separation of powers, the judiciary is independent from the legislative and executive authorities.

Types of courts – short description

Courts in Greece are divided into the following main categories:

  • Administrative courts (Dioikitika dikastiria)
  • Civil courts (Politika dikastiria)
  • Criminal courts (Poinika dikastiria)

Court administration

The Courts are managed by judicial officers and, in particular, by the President of the Court or the Three-Member Council of the Court, as appropriate.

Court hierarchy

Civil courts:

  • Supreme Court (Areios Pagos), Court of Appeal, Courts of First Instance, District Courts

Criminal Courts:

  • Supreme Court, Courts of Appeal, Magistrate’s Courts, Misdemeanour Courts

Administrative courts:

  • Council of State, Administrative Courts of Appeal, Administrative Courts

Related links

Council of State

Athens Administrative Court of First Instance

Public Prosecutor’s Office at the Athens Court of First Instance

Ministry of Justice

Supreme Court

Last update: 12/03/2024

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