As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is spreading around Europe and governments take steps towards slowing down the propagation of the virus, courts are reducing activities. In every jurisdiction, where efforts are being made to prioritise access to justice, the challenge is to strike a balance between protecting fundamental rights and minimising in-person contacts. Can time-limitations be satisfied? Can applications and submissions be filed? Can hearings be held online? Will pending cases be processed and judgments delivered? Will interim relief be available?
This White Paper offers a quick outlook of the current state of play in seven key European jurisdictions: Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and the United Kingdom.
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