Is there a Small Claims Procedure in Greece (i.e. a specific procedure which is simplified procedurally with respect to the ordinary procedure and which applies in cases below a certain monetary threshold or in certain types of litigation regardless of a monetary threshold)?
Chapter 466 of the Code of Civil Procedure, which contains special provisions for small claims, provides for such a procedure.
Is there a monetary threshold for the Small Claims procedure and/or is the procedure available for certain types of litigation regardless of a monetary threshold?
If the value of the claim is below EUR 1 500, the case falls within the jurisdiction of the District Court.
Is the procedure obligatory or optional?
It is obligatory.
Can the court or the parties transfer a Small Claims case from the Small Claims procedure to the ordinary procedure? If so, under what conditions?
Are there specific forms used in the Small Claims procedure? Is it obligatory to use them?
There are no such forms.
Is there assistance in procedural issues (e.g. by the court clerk or the judge) for litigants not represented by a lawyer? If so, to what extent?
Litigants need not be represented by lawyer. They may be represented by their spouse, their ascendants or descendants, their second-degree relatives by blood or by marriage, or their paid employees.
Are certain rules concerning the taking of evidence relaxed compared with the ordinary procedure? If so, which and to what extent?
Small-claims magistrates may deviate from ordinary procedural provisions and take into account any evidence meeting legal requirements; they are at all times free to follow whichever procedural method will most certainly, quickly and cheaply lead to establishing the truth of the matter.
Is a purely written procedure possible (instead of oral hearings)? If so, in what circumstances?
The procedure may be either oral or written.
Are the rules concerning the content of the judgment relaxed compared with the ordinary procedure? If so, to what extent?
Judgments are given orally in open court, as a rule directly after the deliberations and while the court is still in session, before the magistrate moves on to examine any other case. Judgments are not served if it is stated in the minutes that they were pronounced in the presence of the litigants, their legal representatives in the case or their court attorneys.
Are there any restrictions to the reimbursement of costs? If so, what are they?
Costs are not reimbursed.
Can a small claims decision be appealed? If so, how?
Small claims decisions cannot be appealed.
Last update: 13-06-2006