MoU, Justice & troika – the crucial role of definitions

According to press news, the notion of pending cases in the Portuguese courts will be “negotiated” with the troika. This is quite misleading and inaccurate. There is a clear need to distinguish between pending cases and backlog cases, as deciding a case cannot be instantaneous, which leads to a “normal waiting time”. Only when this “normal waiting time” is exceeded, on average, we should concerned. The importance of a precise definition of concepts should be underlined, and it is not a portuguese feature. See the discussion here.

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