General conditions for visits to the Court of Justice

Security rules and rules of conduct

Due to security checks, visitors are requested to adhere strictly to the timetable for their visit.

Visitors are requested to behave discreetly and with restraint throughout their visit to the Court of Justice, and to dress appropriately.

Visitors who attend a public hearing are requested to take their seats in the courtroom before the start of the hearing; no entry or exit is permitted during the hearing. Visitors are required to remain silent during the presentation of oral argument. The consumption of food and drink in the courtrooms and meeting rooms is prohibited.

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.

All visitors must have an identification badge which must be worn and visible throughout the visit. For security reasons, visitors to the Court of Justice are allowed only in 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 fully with the instructions of the security guards or the welcoming guide. Please note that visitors’ bags will be checked on arrival.

Visitors are not permitted to smoke in the buildings.

Please note that, in exceptional circumstances, the Court of Justice reserves the right to cancel a scheduled visit.


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 (EU) 2018/1725 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 October 2018 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data by the Union institutions, bodies, offices and agencies and on the free movement of such data, 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.


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.

For further information:

- Video-surveillance policy pdf icon

Information notice concerning video surveillance pdf icon


Incident reports

The Court of Justice has introduced measures to ensure that any anomaly, malfunction, emergency assistance or potential problem relating to the safety or security of persons, property or buildings is the subject of an internal incident report.

For further information:

Incident reports notice pdf icon (FR)