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The Anneau

   
  

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The Anneau

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The Anneau       

    

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pixelResting on a peristyle of 116 columns 10 metres high which recalls the Temples of antiquity, this remarkable construction places the new Palais in the Western tradition of neo-classical buildings dedicated to justice and accords perfectly with the aims inspiring its design.

First, as the Court of Justice wished, the Anneau enhances the original Palais by encircling it at a distance of 15 metres. And the opportunity afforded by its columns of strolling beneath its two storeys gives the public the necessary distance to appreciate the preserved structure of the 1973 Palais.
Moreover, the Anneau satisfies the Court's initial preoccupation with ensuring a clear separation between the spaces devoted to the public aspect of judicial activity and the spaces which are closed to the public where the Members and their staff carry out their tasks of reflection.

 
 

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Finally, designed as it is to accommodate up to 40 sets of chambers, it makes it possible to cope with future enlargements of the European Union without upsetting the general order of the new complex.
The Anneau with the chambers of the 28 Judges and the 8 Advocates General and the Judges' conference rooms, constitutes the heart of the Court.
For it is in the chambers that the essential work relating to the actual performance of the task entrusted to the Court is carried out. It is in these chambers that the drafts of judgments prepared by the reporting Judges and the Opinions of the Advocates General are brought to fruition.
And it is in the Judges' conference rooms that the draft judgments take their final form after a lengthy process of constructing a judgment in which the Judges, sitting as a college, take part without the assistance of interpreters or other staff.

 
    
 

    The Grand Conference Room

  

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The Grand Conference Room

 
 

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  Every Tuesday evening at 5.30 the Grand Conference Room hosts the General Meeting of the Court which brings together all the Judges and Advocates General and which decides, inter alia, for each case before the Court, the constitution of the court to which the case will be assigned and any measures of inquiry.

The structure of the Anneau and the chambers in that building creates an isolation conducive to the task of reflection and legal construction. This does not lessen the intensity of the exchanges between the chambers of Judges in a particular case and between the chambers of the reporting Judges and the Advocates General.
That isolation can also be broken with ease by means of the covered walkways providing direct access to the original Palais.
Moreover, rapid access to the Gallery encourages collaboration with the departments of the Directorate-General for the Library, Research and Documentation and those of the Directorate-General for Translation, in particular.

 
    
  

        

  

The other Judges' Conference Rooms

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