Saturday, February 24, 2007

Macedonia fined over slow courts in 2006

Macedonia has been fined by the European Court of Human Rights over the slowness of its courts in 2006 and the country has to pay EUR 90.000 fine for violation of the right to court trial within a reasonable term.

In its latest report, the Macedonia's Helsinki Committee says the Macedonian courts are slow and inefficient.

"These verdicts confirm the protracted proceedings in national courts. The bitter aftermath of slow courts thwart the citizens to exercise their rights within reasonable deadline," the report says.

Macedonia's Helsinki Committee said the verdicts of the European Court of Human Rights are prompted by "inaction of judicial system, focus on "more" important issues and non-compliance with the timetable for launch of court documents".

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