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23 Feb 2014 08:21 by pff001 Star rating. 126 posts Send private message

We lost our court case against La Caixa bank nearly 12 months ago now for deposits paid for properties on Trampolin Hills and appealed against the decision but we have still not been given a date for the appeal yet.

The court delays in Spain are horrendous.

It is now 8 years since i paid my deposits and still the wait go's on..

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23 Feb 2014 14:32 by ads Star rating. 3304 posts Send private message

So sorry to hear this.

In what court region are you suffering these delays?

Have you requested that your lawyer bring this to the attention of the authorities, in writing, so as to place an official complaint on record on your behalf?

Without doubt these continuing instances of excessive court delays are causing great distress and financial hardship to those trying to gain justice in Spain.


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23 Feb 2014 16:28 by kelju Star rating in South Yorkshire . 302 posts Send private message

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Our case was heard in December 2011 which we won, but the developer appealed against the decision, the date for the appeal hearing has been set for September 2015, nearly four years after the original hearing.

Is there a 'Law of Limitation' in Spain or anywhere to go with instances like this other than recording an official complaint?


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23 Feb 2014 19:07 by pff001 Star rating. 126 posts Send private message

4 years
thats cheered me up no end

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23 Feb 2014 20:10 by kelju Star rating in South Yorkshire . 302 posts Send private message

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Sorry pff001, we started on this journey in 2008, so it will be 7 years in total come the appeal hearing.

I don't know if the UK courts take a similar length of time, but ads is right, the excessive court delays certainly play on your mind and cause a great deal of distress and stress.


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23 Feb 2014 20:50 by ads Star rating. 3304 posts Send private message

No there do not appear to be any legal time constraints in place to protect from such abusive delays.

This in effect however is contrary to the Rule of Law which states the following (brace yourselves folks!!):

The rule of law is a system of rules and rights that enables fair and functioning societies. The World Justice Project defines this system as one in which the following four universal principles are upheld:

  1. The government and its officials and agents as well as individuals and private entities are accountable under the law.
  2. The laws are clear, publicized, stable, and just; are applied evenly; and protect fundamental rights, including the security of persons and property.
  3. The process by which the laws are enacted, administered, and enforced is accessible, fair,and efficient.
  4. Justice is delivered timely by competent, ethical, and independent representatives and neutrals who are of sufficient number, have adequate resources, and reflect the makeup of the communities they serve.

Marta Andreasen MEP has recently identified that "as part of the process of joining the EU, the institutions of a country are assessed against what are now known as the "Copenhagen Criteria", one of which is respect for the rule of law, and Spain would have been assessed as meeting these criteria at its accession in 1986 "

It certainly begs the question if the rule of law is now being compromised in this way then what happens if a member state no longer meets this criteria?

Marta also identified the following

"The EU Justice scoreboard is not meant to "identify...instances of consumer abuse" but to look at the effect of judicial institutions on economic growth and development across the Member States. "

Perhaps only when the EU recognise the effect of these realities impinging on economic growth by a growing awareness of Spain's failure to adhere to the Rule of Law and the damaging consequences on innocent people whose intention to invest in Spain has turned into a nightmare, will they be willing to act.

The irony however is that in the interim court taxes have been increased as a means to improve the situation, and these taxes impact those seeking justice. So we all have to wait to see how long these tax increases take to filter down to those who are now paying extra for the priviledge to receive what is rightfully already required as per the rule of law in the first place!! I wonder if these monies are being ring fenced to directly improve judicial efficiency, to provide adequate resources etc?

Keith's suggestion for a fast track court now seems eminently sensible (and far more efficient) as specialised judge(s) could whizz through many of these BG cases, gain consistent rulings to make the Banks accountable where applicable, provide disincentives for Banks to appeal by putting into effect speedy time constraints, and free up the courts in the process. Dream on as they say.....

So frustrating!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! angry.



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24 Feb 2014 05:08 by pff001 Star rating. 126 posts Send private message


The court is Barcelona

The lawyer just says we have to wait for the date and has no idea how long it will take.

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28 Feb 2014 12:17 by skc247 Star rating. 7 posts Send private message

Hi there,

Just to let you know that there is some light at the end of the tunnel.  We paid our deposit in July 07 and have just had it returned last week with the help of Maria et al at Costa Luz.  The Spanish courts are horrendous.  We were first told that we had won in Dec 10.  The insurance company contested it in the Court of first Instance in September 2011.  We won.  Then they lodged thier final appeal in November 2011.  The appeal was heard last June and Costa Luz were notified that we had won in January.  As I say, we got the money last week - just the deposit but the judgement was for costs also so we are waiting to hear the amount.  We were quite hard on Costa Luz as we felt that there was never anything happening with our case - but it seems that the problem really is with the courts.  Good luck everyone - hope it works out for you all.

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