Caseload at EU’s top court hits record high

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The number of new cases brought before the European Union’s highest court has reached an all-time high, statistics have revealed.

Last year the number of cases across the three of the chambers in the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) rose to 1,711, up from 1,691 the year before.

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The number of cases particularly increased in the Court of Justice; 713 cases were lodged, a 15% increase on the year before.

The CJEU welcomed the development, which it said was an ‘expression of the confidence placed in it by national courts and litigants’.

It said that the increase in cases in the Court of Justice was driven by a higher number of appeals, which have doubled since 2014, and the high number of requests made to the court for a preliminary ruling.

It added that its reform of the judicial structure, which began in 2011 and will double the number of judges in the general court by 2019, will enable it to deal with the increase in number of cases.

The number of new cases in the Civil Service Tribunal also rose, to 167 from 157 in 2014. But the number of cases in the General Court dropped from a record of 912 new cases in 2014 to 831 in 2015.

However, the CJEU said that the number of new cases in the General Court ‘confirms the general upward trend’ since the court’s creation, pointing out that the average number of new cases per year between 2013 and 2015 is 40% higher than the average between 2008 and 2010.

Overall the court said that productivity in the court had reached an ‘unprecedented level’ with 1,755 cases completed in 2015, a 4% rise from the previous year.

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  • In my opinion these findings are nothing to be here celebrated, in fact I feel strongly that they should be worn as a badge of shame, where we of this country let alone all the others, ought to be able to access and moreover receive JUSTICE in OUR OWN COURTS!!!

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  • Perhaps another good reason for voting "Brexit" Hotep? Do we really need this court? Were ours not adequate? And if things go on as they are only the very rich will be able to afford access to 'justice' (sic). In effect justice is now 'for sale' to the highest bidder in this country.

    I can recall once, but sadly only once, seeing an old copy of the White Book which was only one volume thick...

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  • The court keepers' guide for the courts leet is a very thin volume

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  • Indeed David

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  • David is that not a very good argument for staying in.?

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  • NO!

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  • It's just another court the wealthy can appeal to, Anon 7.22, to which the rich can appeal.

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  • There's no rivalry between our courts and the European Court, Hotep. Ours (more or less) dispense justice. The CJEU on the other hand is professedly a "political" institution, all its judgments without exception being directed to one end and one end only, namely the establishment of a federal state of Europe. On 23rd June we will have an opportunity to frustrate its knavish tricks - although I very much fear that fear itself will carry the day, as in 1975.

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  • Is there scope for a "Lawyers' Brexit" do you think, Martin? I haven't been able to read the document for staying in signed by 250 lawyers, but is there anyone out there who has and who is competent to wright a reply?

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  • Well the word on the vine is that the Government have now signed their (this COUNTRIES) names to so many up and coming EU schemes and policies etc, that they will now have no other choice but to forge ahead with them regardless as to the people of this lands wishes, whether we stay in or whether we get out and that TREASON!!

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