Justice minister request additional space for first-instance courts

Justice Minister Miltiadis Papaioannou on Monday sent letters to Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos and Defence Minister Panos Beglitis, asking for the use of buildings in order to house and expand the services of the Athens first-instance court and relocate the Piraeus court houses.
Papaioannou has asked for the old 'Keranis' tobacco warehouses on Thivon street to house the Piraeus courthouses, which are currently renting additional buildings at a cost of one million euro a year.
The minister has also asked to be given use of the building now housing the National Defence Academy in order to create additional courtrooms at the Athens first-instance court, since current facilities were inadequate and did not allow the "expected and required quality" in the administration of justice.

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