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 taken to address the crisis.
As from 16 March 2020, most hearings were postponed; only the most urgent cases were dealt with and many deadlines were suspended. Since 4 May 2020, the judicial system has been gradually rescheduling most hearings. In addition, the end of the judicial year has been extended until 3 August 2020 (rather than 15 July).
Luxembourg Supreme Court (Cour de Cassation) and Luxembourg Court of Appeal
The Luxembourg Supreme Court and the Luxembourg Court of Appeal declared that as from 4 May 2020, most hearings would take place as scheduled, with the implementation of strict health and safety measures.
In the case of written proceedings, the parties can waive their right to plead and thus allow the court to issue a decision without the need for a hearing.
Luxembourg District Court
On 4 May 2020, hearings resumed before the Luxembourg District Court.
Oral arguments can be heard upon request, at a date and time set by the court.
For proceedings conducted solely in writing, the parties can waive their right to plead and thus allow the court to issue a decision without the need for a hearing.
Urgent matters and summary proceedings are being dealt with as usual.
For bankruptcy proceedings, restrictions were lifted on 4 May 2020.
Small Claims Courts (Justices de paix) in Luxembourg City, Esch-sur-Alzette et Diekirch
Since 4 May 2020, hearings have been taking place as scheduled, with the introduction of strict rules to limit attendance.
The court will inform the parties or their lawyers of the hearing date.
Hearings resumed the week of 20 April, with the introduction of strict rules to limit attendance.
Deadlines have been suspended, except for immigration and public procurement cases.
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