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Judicial systems in Member States - Cyprus

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Organisation of Justice — Judiciary

Court administration

Until 1960, Cyprus was a colony in Great Britain. The legal system established was almost entirely based on the English legal system and the legislation adopted the principles of the Common Law and the Code.

The legal system in force since the establishment of the Republic of Cyprus retains the effect of the English legal system. The laws of the Courts of the Republic of Cyprus are:

  • The Constitution of the Republic of Cyprus
  • Laws maintained on the basis of Article 188 of the Constitution
  • The principles of common law and the principles of the marker
  • Laws adopted by the House of Representatives.
  • Secondary Legislation

Following the accession of the Republic of Cyprus to the European Union in 2004, the Constitution of the Republic was amended so as to give greater effect to European law.

Types of courts — short description

There are two tier courts in Cyprus. The Supreme Court (Supreme Court) and various first instance courts as shown below:

  • SUPREME COURT
  • ADMINISTRATIVE COURT
  • ADMINISTRATORS’ ADMINISTRATIVE COURT
  • DISTRICT COURT
  • ΚΑRΟURΙΟΝΙΚΕΣ
  • FAMILY COURT
  • RENT CONTROL COURT
  • COURT DISPUTES
  • MILITARY COURT

Legal Data Banks

Any official legal database is not yet in place. Some private legal databases have been in place, some of which provide subscription services, while others provide access free of charge.

The information contained is judgements handed down, primary and secondary legislation.

Relevant links

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Last update: 22/08/2019