The COVID-19 crisis is affecting all sectors, and the Luxembourg judicial system is no exception. The following measures relating to the civil and administrative courts have been announced to address the COVID-19 crisis. In short, most hearings will be postponed; only the most urgent cases will be dealt with.
Luxembourg Supreme Court (Cour de Cassation)
The Luxembourg Supreme Court has postponed all hearings scheduled between 16 March and 3 April 2020, until May or June 2020. The clerk's office will contact the lawyers involved.
Luxembourg Court of Appeal
All hearings scheduled between 16 March and 3 April 2020 are postponed.
A single judge will hear urgent cases, for example proceedings before the family court and summary proceedings (for interim relief).
With regard to criminal proceedings, the Public Prosecutor's Office will only maintain hearings involving inmates as well as requests for provisional release. All other hearings are cancelled.
Luxembourg District Court
The Luxembourg District Court has stated that all hearings in civil and commercial matters scheduled between 16 March 2020 and 3 April 2020 are postponed. However, the parties may still exchange briefs, and the judges should normally follow up on the cases.
The civil and commercial sections will nevertheless continue to deal with certain urgent cases.
For summary proceedings, oral arguments are also postponed, and only cases justified by a showing of urgency, depending on the circumstances, will be maintained.
Family court hearings scheduled to be held between 16 March and 20 April 2020 are also postponed, except for urgent cases.
For criminal proceedings, the Public Prosecutor's Office will only maintain hearings involving inmates. The criminal division will continue to deal with urgent requests, however.
Small Claims Courts (Justice de paix) in Luxembourg City, Esch-sur-Alzette et Diekirch
Cases scheduled to be pleaded between 16 March and 3 April 2020 are automatically rescheduled for a date to be communicated to the parties or their lawyers.
Hearings in extremely urgent cases may be maintained, however. The judge will take a decision on a case-by-case basis and inform the parties or their lawyers if their case is maintained or postponed.
The administrative courts have not yet issued an official statement on hearings during the COVID-19 crisis. However, most hearings have been automatically postponed.
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