Important messages for parties

COURT OF JUSTICE

CHANGE TO THE JUDICIAL ACTIVITIES OF THE COURT OF JUSTICE AS A RESULT OF THE CORONAVIRUS COVID-19 PANDEMIC

[05/05/2020]

Owing to the unprecedented health crisis that we are currently experiencing, the Court of Justice has been obliged to change its working arrangements temporarily.

Judicial activity continues, but priority is of course given to those cases that are particularly urgent (urgent proceedings, expedited proceedings and interim proceedings).

Procedural time limits

Procedural time limits for instituting proceedings and lodging appeals continue to run and parties are required to comply with those time limits, without prejudice to the possible application of the second paragraph of Article 45 of the Protocol on the Statute of the Court of Justice of the European Union.

By contrast, the time limits prescribed in on-going proceedings – with the exception of the abovementioned proceedings that are particularly urgent – are extended by one month. Those time limits shall expire at the end of the day which, in the following month, is numbered the same as the day on which the time-limit should have expired or, if that day does not exist in the following month, at the end of the day of the last day of that month.

Until further notice, unless otherwise stated, the time limits that are to be fixed by the registry shall also be increased by one month.

Hearings

Due to the crisis, hearings are currently suspended and, in order not to delay dealing with cases, the hearing originally listed in some of those cases has been replaced with written questions to the parties. If circumstances relating to health permit it, the Court anticipates holding hearings once again with effect from Monday 25 May 2020, however it cannot be ruled out that some of those hearings must also be replaced with questions to the parties for a written response owing to the circumstances and logistical difficulties caused by Covid-19. In respect of hearings that are re-listed, the representatives of the parties in the cases concerned will be informed by the registry of the dates and times of those hearings and, in order for those hearings to be arranged effectively, in particular as regards linguistic requirements, those representatives will be asked to inform the registry as soon as possible as to their attendance at those hearings.

The strictest sanitary measures will be taken, in accordance with the laws adopted by the Luxembourgish authorities, in order to ensure that hearings take place under optimal conditions. Those measures include, in particular, rules on minimum physical distancing and the requirement to wear a protective mask outside the hearing room. Parties’ representatives are asked to bring their own gown.

The parties are requested to consult regularly the internet site of the Court of Justice of the European Union (https://curia.europa.eu).

Communication with the parties - Importance of the e-Curia application

In order to facilitate communication with the parties in this period of crisis, the courts of the Member States and the representatives of parties who do not yet have an e-Curia account are strongly encouraged to learn about this secure application (e-Curia), which allows the lodging and service of procedural documents to be done electronically in cases brought before the Court. All details as to the functions of that application and the method for opening an account can be found on the internet site referred to above, at the following address: https://curia.europa.eu/jcms/jcms/P_78957.

Due to the circumstances, application forms for opening accounts sent to the registry by email shall be accepted, exceptionally, on condition that they are accompanied by the necessary supporting documents, which are duly signed and scanned.

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GENERAL COURT

CHANGE TO THE JUDICIAL ACTIVITIES OF THE GENERAL COURT AS A RESULT OF THE CORONAVIRUS COVID-19 PANDEMIC

[23/04/2020]

Owing to the health crisis, the General Court of the European Union has been obliged to change its working arrangements temporarily.

Judicial activity continues, however priority is given to cases that are particularly urgent (expedited proceedings, proceedings receiving priority treatment, and interim proceedings).

Time limits

Time limits continue to run and the parties are required to comply with those time limits, without prejudice to the possibility of invoking the second paragraph of Article 45 of Protocol on the Statute of the Court of Justice. Where it is possible for time limits to be extended, it is for a party seeking an extension to make a request in good time, so that the Court may give a ruling on that request.

In order to take into account the legitimate difficulties that the parties are currently facing, the time limits that are to be fixed by the registry shall be adapted to the context of the health crisis.

Hearings

Hearings that had been fixed in the period to 15 May 2020 have been adjourned.

If circumstances relating to health so permit, it is anticipated that hearings will progressively be resumed in the Court’s hearing rooms with effect from 25 May 2020. The representatives of the parties in the cases concerned will be informed of the dates and times of those hearings.

The strictest sanitary measures will be taken, in accordance with the laws adopted by the Luxembourgish authorities, in order to ensure that hearings take place under optimal conditions. Those measures include, in particular, rules on minimum physical distancing and the requirement to wear a protective mask outside the hearing room. Parties’ representatives are asked to bring their own gown.

The parties are requested to consult regularly the internet site of the Court of Justice of the European Union (https://curia.europa.eu).