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France Announces Closing Of Courts - Coronavirus

March 15, 2020 posted by Steve Brownstein

Coronavirus: The Ministry of Justice announces the closing of the courts 
A decision made "faced with the accelerating spread of the virus and the imperative to perform a number of essential functions," said the ministry.
After nurseries, schools and universities, it is the courts' turn to suffer the consequences of the coronavirus . 
In an email addressed to its agents, the Minister of Justice  announced on Sunday March 15, 2020 the closure of the courts of France as of this Monday morning , "faced with the accelerating spread of the virus and the imperative need to '' perform a number of essential functions. "
A possible exception
The only possible exception: the “handling of essential disputes”.
In other words, explains Nicole Belloubet, the Minister of Justice , "the correctional hearings for the measures of provisional detention and judicial control", the "immediate appearances", "the presentations before the investigating judge and the judge of liberties and of detention ”, as well as“ the hearings of the judge for the enforcement of sentences ”, those of the“ juvenile court and the juvenile judge ”, the hearings for“ emergency management ”, or even“ the offices of the prosecution "
As of Monday morning, business continuity plans must be implemented to "reduce the activity of services while ensuring the treatment of emergencies," said Agnès Thibault-Lecuivre, spokesperson for the Ministry of Justice, on his Twitter account.
Possible postponement of assize trials
The Keeper of the Seals also calls for postponing the assize trials "as far as possible" and requires measures "to avoid the circulation of the virus in detention". For example, by limiting judicial extractions "to the bare minimum," she explains.
In addition, "trials may be postponed", but "within the limits of a reasonable time and within the time limits for pre-trial detention".
The concerned litigants and the bar will be informed "by posting, website or telephone contact" , continues Agnès Thibault-Lecuivre.

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