Each year, the Court of Justice is host to around 4 000 legal professionals: national judges, barristers, solicitors, university professors, in-house lawyers, etc. The programmes enable these persons to widen their knowledge of the judicial institution and of its case-law.
In addition, around 10 000 other visitors (mainly law students) visit the Court of Justice each year.
Individual visitors who wish to attend a public hearing of the Court of Justice are requested to make themselves known at the Visitors' Entrance of the Courthouse (plan) with their identity card, passport or driving licence in order to obtain an identification badge. As a general rule, public hearings start at 09:30. Arrival 15 minutes before the hearing at the latest is recommended. The number of places available is limited and it is not possible to reserve a place. During the hearing, visitors are required to comply with the rules of security and conduct. Registration with the Visits Service is not necessary.
Luxembourg City Tourist Office organises guided tours during weekends and judicial vacations (when hearings are not held). Requests for such tours must be made 4 weeks in advance. - 30, Place Guillaume II, L-1648 Luxembourg, B.P. 181 - L-2011 Luxembourg, Tel.: +352 22 28 09 - Fax: +352 46 70 70 - Email: firstname.lastname@example.org - http://www.lcto.lu/.
Guided tours of the buildings and the works of art
Thanks to the contributions of the Member States, the Court of Justice of the European Union holds a collection of works of art, representing the European artistic heritage. The open spaces available in the Court's new Palais, inaugurated in December 2008, have made it possible to relocate and show the collection to its best advantage and to consider adding new works, whether as gifts or loans. The Visits Service of the Court organises guided tours at regular intervals, free of charge, of the works of art and the Court's buildings. These tours are organised, following a predefined timetable, in English, French or German, for up to 35 visitors per tour.
In that regard, anyone interested is requested to register at least 2 working days in advance, using the registration form. Visitor with confirmed places are requested to come to the visitors' entrance of the Palais of the Court (plan), bringing with them an identity document. Additional guided tours, exclusively for groups (of at least 10 participants), can be organised on request to the Visits Service (contact form).
Groups of visitors/Types of programme
In order to ensure that the judicial institution of the European Union is better known, the Court of Justice welcomes groups of visitors to its seat in Luxembourg and offers the following visit programmes:
- Study visits (programme A) are intended for organised groups of legal professionals and law students. In general, the programme includes attendance at a hearing of oral argument, presentations (followed by question and answer sessions) given by members of staff of the Court of Justice and meetings with the Members of the institution. The subjects covered during the events included in the programme depend on the visitors' interests: jurisdiction, organisation, procedures of the Court of Justice and/or different fields of its case-law. The average duration of such a programme is a half-day (mornings only).
- Information sessions (programme B) are offered to groups of visitors who do have not had legal training. The programme includes a general presentation on the Court, the General Court or the Civil Service Tribunal. Visitors can also watch a film on the Court of Justice, followed by a question and answer session, and visit the Courthouse. This programme lasts approximately two hours and can be held in either the morning or the afternoon.
- Seminars lasting several days and offering programmes more closely mirroring the interests of the participants can be arranged at the request of groups of legal practitioners.
Visits to the Court of Justice are restricted to the Court terms.
Visits organised by the Visits Service are free of charge and are held in all official languages of the European Union.
Request for a visit to the Court of Justice/Connection to My Visit
NB: Visits are organised only for groups (7 to 35 persons). For individual visits or tours, please see the relevant section.
Before requesting a visit to the Court of Justice, please read carefully the information concerning conditions of registration and organisation.
To make a request for a visit, please use the My Visit application. That enables you to make an on-line request for a visit. To use that application, an internet connection and a valid e-mail address are necessary.
You will be asked, once connected (My Visit), to create your own webspace, using which you can create or amend a request for a visit, and also:
- create your visitors groups in order to use them again for later visits;
- see dates available for visits before making the request;
- choose a type of visit.
Once you have made your request, when you connect to your webspace, you can:
- follow the progress of your request for a visit;
- amend certain data in your request for a visit before validating it;
- consult or print text relating to your visit file;
- retain the details of all your visits to the Court of Justice of the European Union.
If you have problems using the Welkom application, you can consult the on-line user manual by clicking on ‘?' or use the contact form.
Connexion to My Visit
If you do not have an internet connection, please go to Contact.
Conditions of registration
The group leader is requested to send, at least two weeks before the visit, a list of the participants stating their dates of birth.
The Visits Service sends the programme for the visit approximately two weeks before the visit via the group leader's webspace on the Internet or by post.
On the day of the visit, the group of visitors are requested to arrive at the Courthouse at the entrance and time stated on the programme. Strict punctuality is requested. Visitors' attention is drawn to the heavy traffic in Luxembourg: there are frequent traffic jams in the mornings on the motorways and in the capital.
A guide, a member of the Visits Service staff, greets the group of visitors at the entrance to the Courthouse. This guide accompanies and supervises the group throughout its visit to the Court of Justice. Group leaders must also supervise the visitors.
All participants must have an identity card, passport or driving licence.
Access to the self-service restaurant or cafeteria of the Court of Justice is possible only where lunch is included in the visit programme.
At the end of the visit to the Court of Justice, the group leader is requested to complete the visit assessment form.
General conditions for visits to the Court of Justice
Rules of security and conduct
For reasons of security checks, visitors are requested to comply fully with the visit timetable.
Throughout their visit to the Court of Justice, visitors are requested to behave discreetly. Out of respect for the Court of Justice, visitors are requested to dress appropriately for a visit to a supreme court.
Visitors who attend a public hearing are requested to take their seats in the courtroom before the start of the hearing; entry to or exit from the courtroom is not permitted during the hearing; during presentation of oral argument, visitors are requested to remain silent.
Photography or recording of the proceedings is prohibited during hearings. In order to avoid interference with the interpretation equipment, mobile telephones must be switched off (silent mode is not sufficient).
All visitors must have an identification badge which must be worn visibly throughout the visit. For security reasons, visitors to the Court of Justice are allowed only in the public areas, that is to say, the courtrooms, cafeteria and, of course, the areas included in the visit programme.
Group leaders are requested to supervise visitors throughout their visit to the Court of Justice.
The Court of Justice has been obliged to tighten its security measures with regard to access to its buildings; visitors are therefore requested to comply with the instructions of the security guards or the welcoming guide; please note that visitors' baggage will be checked on arrival.
Visitors are not permitted to smoke in the buildings. Consumption of food and drink in the public areas of the Court of Justice is also prohibited.
Video surveillance and video recordings
In order to ensure the protection of persons entering its buildings and that of the items and information which it holds, the Court of Justice has installed a video surveillance system for the interior and exterior of the sites which it occupies. The pictures recorded are retained for a limited period and are accessible only to a restricted number of authorised persons.
Recording of images and surveillance by camera are carried out in compliance with the legislation relating to the protection of personal data and privacy. Specific pictograms placed near the areas covered announce the presence of the video surveillance system.
Protection of personal data
Personal data are collected in the context of the organisation of visits in order for visits to take place under optimal conditions (efficiency of contacts and exchanges of correspondence, creation of a visit programme suitable for the language, level of knowledge and interests of visitors). Those data are handled by the Protocol and Visits Directorate for the period necessary for the organisation and running of the visit and are erased six years after the visit at the latest. They are communicated only to visit organisers (visitors concerned, Protocol and Visits Directorate), to the members of staff who meet visitors, to the Interpretation Directorate if interpretation is necessary and, if required, to the bodies competent to carry out checks under the legislation.
Under Regulation (EC) No 45/2001 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 December 2000 on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data by the Union institutions and bodies and on the free movement of such data (OJ L 8, 12.1.2001, p. 1), you have the right to access data concerning you and, if necessary, to have corrections made to those data.
For any additional information in that regard or to access data held, please contact the Protocol and Visits Directorate. You may also contact the European Data Protection Supervisor at any time.