Turkey's supreme court under heavy workload in 2013

Monday, April 07, 2014

Turkey's Supreme Court of Appeals dealt with a total of 1.4 million cases in 2013 concluding around 3,500 cases daily.

Turkey's Supreme Court of Appeals dealt with a total of 1.4 million cases in 2013 concluding around 3,500 cases daily.

ANKARA - Turkey's judiciary, which has recently come under criticism for its lengthy process of concluding cases, had a heavy workload totaling 1.4 million cases in 2013 plus over half a million unresolved cases from the previous year, according to statistics released by the Presidency of the Supreme Court of Appeals.

Turkey's Supreme Court of Appeals, the last judiciary resort and ultimate decision maker in criminal and civil cases, consists of 15 penal departments, 23 civil departments and general assemblies for criminal and civil matters.

The penal and civil departments and their general assembly’s heard and decided on 882,775 cases in 2013 while 519,669 cases were transferred to 2014. Meaning that an average of 73,565 cases were concluded per month for 2013.

However, last year, the heaviest workload of the judiciary was in the civil departments which dealt with 88 cases a day on average and concluded 505,724 cases out of a total of 671,408.

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