The speed of the Croatian judicial system is notoriously slow, bogged down under a mountain of cases the courts aren’t renowned for their efficiency. And new data shows that as many as 1.25 million new court cases are opened every year in Croatia and create a huge backlog.
The Supreme Court President, Djuro Sessa, completed a report on the country’s judiciary system and it shows that the number of new cases in 2017 actually fell, although they still reached over 1.2 million, and that the courts were more efficient in 2017 compared to previous years.
When you bear in mind that Croatia has a population of around 4.2 million and over 1.2 million new cases were brought in one year it highlights the problems the court system has.
"In late 2017 there were 9 percent fewer pending cases in Croatia's courts than in 2016, when the number of pending cases was nearly 509,000," said Sessa.
He said that the situation with court cases involving land registers, which accounted for a large number of complaints, had improved considerably, with the time courts take to solve such cases having been shortened to 32 days on average.