A protest rally by the Association of Judges and Prosecutors was held outside the Supreme Court building in Athens on Thursday to express the group's opposition to what members charged is an attempt to "downgrade justice”.

Court justices nationwide, with the exception of those serving on the Council of State, participated in a three-hour work stoppage from noon until 3 p.m.

The protesters demanded the establishment of a social insurance fund for state employees, pensions equal to those received by Parliament deputies and more appointments in the judiciary.