Vasileios Peppas (Since 18/9/2017)
Vasileios G. Peppas was born in Serifos Cyclades in 1952. He is a graduate of the Law School of the Athens University and he speaks English and German very well.
He joined the judiciary in 1979, following successful participation in the Judicial Assistants’ Competition and he was appointed Associate Judge at the Court of First Instance of Piraeus. He was promoted to the rank of First Instance Judge in 1981 and he was assigned to the Court of First Instance of Kozani. In 1982 he was transferred to the Court of First Instance of Veria and later to the Court of First Instance of Athens, where he served as Investigator Judge in 1985-1987 and as Bankruptcy Rapporteur Judge in 1992-1993. In 1996 he was promoted to Senior Judge of the Court of First Instance and he was initially placed in the Court of First Instance of Kalamata and in 1997 at the Court of First Instance of Athens, where in 1998 he supervised the practical training of 21 students of the National School of Judicial Officers at the Court of First Instance of Athens. In 1999 he was promoted to Appeal Court Judge and he was placed in the Court of Appeal of Nafplion. In 2000 he was transferred to the Athens Court of Appeal, where he was elected and served as alternate member of the three-member Board of Directors of the Athens Court of Appeal for a three-year period (1.10.2008 to 30.9.2011). In 2009 he was promoted to the rank of Senior Judge at the Court of Appeals and he was assigned to the Court of Appeal of Athens. In 2013 he was promoted to Supreme Court Judge (Areopagitis) and he joined the A2 Civil Department of the Supreme Court and later the A1 Civil Department.
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Vasiliki Thanou-Christofilou (1/7/2015 - 30/6/2017)
Year of Birth: 1950
Place of Birth: Chalkis
Marital Status: Married with three children.
Graduate: Graduate of the Law School of Athens University
Post-graduate Studies: European Law at University Paris ÉÉ, Sorbonne (D.S.U), in Paris
Foreign Languages: Very good knowledge in French and English
Entered the Judiciary in 1975 and was promoted to President in the Courts of First Instance in 1992, to the degree of the Judge of the Appellate Court in 1996 and to a President in the Appellate Courts in 2005. After her promotion to an Areopagite, she served from 2008 to 2014 at the D’ chamber of Areios Pagos. At 2014, she was promoted to Vice-President of the Supreme Court and presided at the D’ chamber. From 27th August to 21st September 2015 she was appointed Interim Prime Minister under the provisions of article 37§3 of the Constitution and on 22.9.2015 she returned to the Presidency of the Supreme Court.
She has participated in many European and International Conferences, regarding Law and the Function of Justice, as a representative of the Supreme Court, the Ministry of Justice and the Association of Judges and Prosecutors. She has been elected President of the Association of Judges and Prosecutors (AJP), for two successive terms (2012 – 2014, 2014-2016), while she has been a member of the Bureau of AJP for the last fifteen (15) years. She is also a member of the Association of Solicitors and the Association of Proceduralists.
She has been teaching at the National School of the Judiciary (Civil Law) for six (6) years.
a) “Civil Law and the Protection of the Environment”, report at the Conference of the Association of Judges and Prosecutors, 1997
b) “Motor Insurance Bureau”, report at the Conference of the Association of Judges and Prosecutors, 2001
c) “Litigation (on reduction) of the insurer against insured persons, in case of exemption from the insurance coverage”, Report at the Conference of the Association of Private Insurance and Car Accidents Insurance Counsels (Å.Í.Ä.É.Á.Á.Ô.Á), 2011.
d) “Who is not considered to be a third party and is not liable to compensation from the insurance agent, article 6§2 Law 489/1976”, report at the Conference of the Association of Private Insurance and Car Accidents Insurance Counsels (Å.Í.Ä.É.Á.Á.Ô.Á), 2012.
e) “Judicial Mediation”, report at the Conference of the Association of Judges and Prosecutors, 2013
f) References on the recent jurisprudence of the Supreme Court on compensation disputes regarding vehicle accidents, Conference of the Review of Transportation Law, 2014
ATHANASIOS KOUTROMANOS (From 12/8/2014 to 30/6/2015)
He graduated from the Lyceum on classical studies in Karditsa in 1966 and received his degree from the Law School of Athens in 1971. After his military service, he successfully participated as a trainee lawyer in relevant examinations and was appointed associate judge in the Court of First Instance in Athens.
He successively served:
as First Instance Judge in the Court of First Instance in Pyrgos Ileias for four years and in the Court of First Instance in Piraeus for ten years (in the department of labour and seafarers' law, in departments of maritime law, as investigating judge for four years and as rapporteur judge on insolvency law for two years).
As Presiding Judge of First Instance Court in the Court of First Instance in Volos for three years.
He served as Appeal Court Judge in the Court of Appeal in Dodecanese for three years, in the Court of Appeal in Larissa for six years and in the Court of Appeal in Athens for one year (in the department of contract law).
He served as Presiding Judge of Appeal Court in the Court of Appeal in Thessaloniki for two years (in departments of civil litigation of the State and penal law).
He served as Supreme Court Judge (Areopagite) for five years (in the department of contract, commercial and family and enforcement law).
He became Vice-president of Areios Pagos and served for three years in the above mentioned department.
He was chosen President of the Supreme Court on August 12, 2014.
He has good command of English and moderate knowledge of German
MICHAIL THEOCHARIDIS (SINCE 8/8/2013)
M. Theocharidis was born in Agrapidies of the municipality of Amynteon in Florina Prefecture in 1947. He is married with two children. Having finished his high school studies, he studied at the Law School of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, from which he graduated in 1971. On 01.08.1973 he was appointed Justice of the Peace in the Court of Peace at Sappes Rodopi, where he served until 1974. On 23.07.1974, after successful participation in the examination conducted for Salaried Associate Judges, in which he ranked third, he was appointed Associate Judge in the Court of First Instance of Evros. He served successively as Associate Judge in the Court of First Instance of Evros (1974-1976), as First Instance Judge in the Courts of First Instance of Rodopi, Kavala and Thessaloniki (during 1976-1980, 1980-1988 and 1988-1990, respectively), as President of the First Instance Courts of Veria and Thessaloniki (during 1990-1992 and 1992-1993, respectively), as Appeal Judge of the Court of Appeals of Thessaloniki (from 1993 to 2004) and as Chairman of the Courts of Appeals of Lamia and Larissa (during 2004-2005 and 2005-2006, respectively).
He was promoted to the rank of the Areopagite in June 2006 and became Vice President of the Supreme Court on 07.08.2010.
He has actively participated in the Faculty of the National School of Judges, where he taught Commercial Law during 1997-1999 and Civil Law (Property Law - Heritage Law) during 2004-2005 and in 2009. He was a member of the 2010 Entrance Examination Committee for the National School of Judges regarding the fields of Civil and Criminal Justice. He is research associate of the legal journal "Journal of Civil Procedure". In January 2012 he was appointed General Director of the National School of Judges, following a unanimous decision of the Supreme Judicial Council, a position he served in until May 2013. During his incumbency at the National School of Judges, he organized sixteen (16) training seminars for judicial officers, in which he was actively involved, he represented the School at the Assembly of the Schools for Judges of the European Countries in Copenhagen and in the context of bilateral cooperation with the Faculty of the Academy of Justice of Turkey, he led a delegation of judges from the three superior courts of Greece in meetings with a delegation of the Turkish Justice Academy, both in Ankara and in Thessaloniki.
RENA ASIMAKOPOULOU (From 8/7/2011 to 30/6/2013)
Rena Asimakopoulou was born in Hatzi Pilias Messinias in the year 1946. She graduated from the public High School of Hatzi Pilias Messinias in 1964 and was admitted in the Law Department of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens in the same year. After her graduation, she was appointed Assistant to Rapporteur Judge in the Court of First Instance in Kalamata in 1969. In 1972 she succeeded in the exams held for Rapporteur Judges, was appointed Associate Judge of the Court of First Instance in Athens, and in the following years she was promoted:
a) In 1974 she became Judge of a Court of First Instance and served in the Courts of First Instance in Mesologgi, Patras, Korinthos and Athens,
b) In 1985 she was promoted to President of a Court of First Instance and served in the Courts of First Instance in Sparta and Athens,
c) In 1990 after her promotion to Judge of an Appeal Court, she served in the Department of Commercial and Contract Law of the Appeal Court of Thessaloniki, followed by her service in the Department of Commercial and Contract Law, and in the Decree Department in the Court of Appeal of Athens,
d) In 2003 she was promoted to a President of a Court of Appeal and served in the Decree Department of the Appeal Court of Thessaloniki and in the Department of Commercial and Contract Law in the Court of Appeal of Athens,
e) In 2005 after her promotion to a Judge of the Supreme Court, she served in the A2 Department of Commercial, Contract Law and Mandatory Execution,
f) To be followed by her promotion to Vice-president of the A2 Department of the Supreme Court in 2010.
GEORGIOS KALAMIDAS (From 3/7/2009 to 30/6/2011)
Georgios Dim. Kalamidas was born in Agrinio in 1944. He is married and father of one child. He entered the Law Department of the National Capodistrian University of Athens in 1962 and graduated in 1967 (degree grade: “very well”). He served in the Greek Army for twenty-six months as a reserve officer and got a law practicing permit from the Athens’ bar in 1969. He participated in the competition for stipendiary assistant judges that was held on the 17th of January 1972 and was ranked 4th among approximately 500 candidates; he was then appointed as a stipendiary assistant judge at the Athens Court of First Instance in 1972 and subsequently as a Judge at the same court in 1974. He was promoted to Presiding Judge at the Athens Court of First Instance in 1985, to Judge at the Court of Appeal in 1990, to Presiding Judge at the same Court in 2002 and in 2004 to Areopagite - Judge at the Hellenic Supreme Civil and Penal Court – Areios Pagos. During his tenure as Presiding Judge at the Court of First Instance, he was elected as a member of the Administration Board of the Athens Court of First Instance where he served for one year. In Areios Pagos he served for three years as a Judge in chamber A1 and as a Vice-president in chambers A2 and A1. He has chaired many examination committees for Judges, Notaries and Lawyers as well as in a lawmaking committee. His Ph.D. in Civil Law in the University of Athens is pending. He speaks English and teaches as a distinguished scientist in the postgraduate programme of the Panteion University (direction of private law).
VASILEIOS NIKOPOULOS (From 24/7/2007 to 30/6/2009)
Vasileios Nikopoulos was born in 1942 in the village ‘Pogoniskos’ in the regional centre of Konitsa, in Ioannina. He is married with two children.He graduated from Konitsa’s Gymnasium in which every year he managed to gain a scholarship from the State Scholarships Foundation as a first class student.He graduated from the Law Faculty of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki with distinction while he continued to receive the scholarship from the State Scholarships Foundation as a first class student again. He served in the Greek Army for two years as a reserve officer. He entered the judiciary in 1971 through examination in which he came first.
He was promoted to Presiding Judge at the Court of First Instance in 1984, to Judge at the Court of Appeal in 1989, to Presiding Judge at the Court of Appeal in 2001, to Areopagite - Judge at the Hellenic Supreme Civil and Penal Court- Areios Pagos in 2004, to Vice-president of Areios Pagos in 2006 and to President of Areios Pagos in 2007.In 1986 he was awarded with his Master degree with distinction from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. The same institution appointed him Professor in 1992.He published numerous legal works related to Civil Law, Civil Procedure Law and the History in the Philosophy of Law in many legal magazines. In 1992 he published his doctorate thesis on ‘the legal thought of Paul, the Apostle’.He taught for 10 years Civil Procedure Law in the National School of Judges.
ROMILOS KEDIKOGLOU (From 13/7/2005
Kedikoglou was born in 1940 in Heraklion-Crete. He is
married and father of one child. He graduated from the Law
Department of the National Capodistrian University of Athens
with distinction. After serving for two years in the Greek
Army as soldier, he studied in TUEBINGEN, BONN and
FRANKFURT/AM MAIN Universities as scholar of the Hellenic
Republic. In 1981 he was awarded his doctorate at the Law
Department of GOETHE UNIVERSITÄT/ FRANKFURT AM MAIN.
GEORGIOS KAPOS (From 18/7/2002 to 30/6/2005)
Kapos was born in 1938 at Neohorio Olympias. He is married and is the
father of two children. He graduated in 1961 from the Law Department of
the National Capodistrian University of Athens and was appointed
assistant Judge at the Court of First Instance in 1966. He was promoted
to Judge at the Court of First Instance in 1968 and to Presiding Judge
in 1978. In 1980 he was promoted to Judge at the Court of Appeal and in
1993 was promoted to Presiding Judge at the same court. He was promoted
to Vice President of the Hellenic Supreme Court - Areios Pagos in July
2001 and in July 2002 was selected for the presidency of Areios Pagos.