Message of the General State Commissioner of Administrative Courts
The information system of the Administrative Court of First Instance, the greatest court of the country, has been already installed and put into operation. So, I welcome you to this network portal, wishing to be productive, beneficial and successful.
It is a tool which will help effectively in the updating not only of the legal advocates but also of all the parties concerned, reducing at the same time, drastically, the transfers and visits to the services of the Administrative Court of First Instance.
When I got in touch, at an old relatively age, with informatics and internet mainly for my judicial needs and gradually I was discovering its enormous possibilities, I considered that it was about a miracle and actually it is.
By using this system you will be able to be informed, apart from other things, of the by-laws of the Administrative Court of First Instance, its organization chart and the judges serving in it, the case-law bulletins of the court, the books existing in the library, several announcements and mainly the monitoring of the cases from the filing of the legal document up to the issue of the relevant judgments.
Shortly, the analogous system of the Administrative Court of Appeal of Athens will be completed and put into operation.
From my present post I wish to give the distinction of merit to all the persons involved in the completion of this project, hoping that the computerization will be extended to all the Administrative Courts of the country.
Athens, 27 April 2007
Message of the Chairman of the Three-Member Administration Council of the Administrative Court of First Instance of Athens
The installation of the modernized information system of the Administrative Court of First Instance of Athens is materialized, by a happy time coincidence, during the period of my term of office, as the Chairman of the Three-Member Administration Council of the Court. This fact makes me particularly happy.
These days, informatics and new technologies change radically the ways of live and thinking of people. Being everywhere, they slip into the organization of intellectual work of the judges and offer the possibility of a direct access to all the sources of legal information
The planetary circulation of legal information creates a new global legal language, capable to combine all the floors of the modern “legal tower of Babel”, from Athens up to Luxembourg and Strasbourg. New and interesting perspectives are opened up for administrative justice, by the exploitation of the data, offered by the informatics technology during the procedure of administration of justice.
Computers spread, certainly, a new type of legal education, a new way of writing and reading, but they are not in the position to satisfy all these mental needs instigated by the differences, generated from the action of the modern complex administration. However, technical progress means also standardization and homogeneity. As a means of communication, computer includes and presupposes a definition of man and, consequently, a definition of judge. The true is that a technical category and any transmission technique may change the man’s reality itself, the judge’s reality itself, who must have mental strength. Consequently, we must understand that the new methods do not come to replace or supplant other time-tested methods of intellectual work but to enrich them.
Finally, I would like, from this post, to thank my predecessors, not only the chairmen, but also the judges, serving or already transferred, as well as the employees of the Court, who worked up to the present day in order for the Administrative Court of First Instance of Athens to acquire an integrated and contemporary technology.