Admission to the OSCE: 25 June 1973
Policing overview: National Police is the only organization responsible for policing in Cyprus.
2. Functions and missions
The functions of the National Police in Cyprus are divided into four principal areas: education, administration, operations and support services. Its main responsibilities are to:
3. Structure and organization
As far as administrative and functional arrangements are concerned, the National Police comprises five (5) Departments, five (5) Services, four (4) Units, one (1) Directorate and seven (7) District Divisional Police Headquarters.
The five Departments are:
Police Services and their responsibilities are the following:
The four Police Units and their respective responsibilities are:
The European Union & International Police Cooperation Directorate is responsible for handling all issues of police nature related to the materialization and implementation of the provision of the acquis communautaire, and in promoting the development of international cooperation and police relations.
5. Education / Training
The Cyprus Police Academy, established in 1990, has the status of a Higher Educational Institution. The idea of having an Academy rather than a just a training school was to educate, not just train, meaning inclusion of topics such as sociology, psychology, languages, etc. to develop police officers with a broader vision, prepared to carry out their duties in a continuously changing and increasingly demanding modern society.
1. General information
The Cypriot Constitution ensures free access to justice, the right to a fair trial and the right to recourse to the courts against public authority measures. In criminal cases, the accused is presumed innocent until proven guilty. No one can be tried twice for the same offence and punishment must be proportionate to the severity of the offence. Arrest and detention are judicially controlled.
The court system is organized on two levels: First Instance Courts (i.e. District Courts, Assize Courts, Family Courts, Industrial Disputes Courts, Rent Control Tribunals and Military Court) and the Supreme Court. Criminal jurisdiction is exercised at first instance by the District Courts, which oversee summary trials before a single judge for offences punishable by a term of imprisonment not exceeding five years and/or a fine not exceeding C£ 50,000, and by the Assize Courts (i.e. trials on information before three judges) for offences punishable with imprisonment exceeding five years.
All appeals are tried by the Cypriot Supreme Court. Upon successful appeal, a sentence may be reduced if considered either manifestly excessive or erroneous in principle. The sentence may also be increased if held that it is grossly inadequate.
The jury system is not followed in Cyprus. All judges are professional.
Criminal proceedings for any offence against any person in the Republic of Cyprus are conducted by the Attorney General, an independent officer who holds office under the same terms and conditions as judges of the Supreme Court.
All offences trialable on information are instituted and conducted before the Assize Court by, or on behalf of, the Attorney General. Prosecutions for offences trialable summarily are conducted by members of the police who are qualified lawyers.
Criminal Courts may handle international requests in accordance with the multilateral and bilateral treaties ratified by Cyprus.
Last Updated: 29 May 2007