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Short Update: Congress hall in the German city of Giessen becomes a courtroom for criminal drug proceedings

FairTrialsAdmin - July 29, 2020 - COVID-19 Updates, Court closures

On 5 August 2020, a major drug trial will begin in the Congress Hall of Giessen, as the capacities in the Regional Court (“Landgericht”) are not sufficient to comply with the Corona-related distance rules. This is the first time the Congress Hall of Giessen is used to conduct criminal proceedings. 

Eleven or, for the time being, seven defendants and a large number of other persons are involved in the criminal drug proceedings – usually two defence lawyers per defendant, the public prosecutor, professional judges and lay judges, interpreters, experts and police officers. 

Normally, criminal proceedings against a maximum of eight defendants can be carried out in the largest courtroom of the Regional Court. In this courtroom, however, the rules of distance and contact restrictions applicable during the Coronavirus pandemic can no longer be observed. Therefore, an alternative had to be found (see mittelhessen press article dated 14 July 2020 in German). 

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