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Short Update: Court activity to gradually resume in France

As of 11th of May, court activity has gradually resumed in France under strict public safety measures laid down in a circular from 5 May 2020. From 11 May 2020 to 2 June 2020, courts will essentially deal with priority cases, including jury trials. The Circular recommends the use of videoconferencing for hearing of detainees given the difficult to organise their transport to the court. It also suggests the use of remote technology for hearing of experts or investigation reports.  In order to reduce the backlog created by the covid-19 crisis, the Circular also invites public prosecutors to consider alternatives to prosecution. It also stresses several measures to reduce prison overcrowding, including anticipatory accompanied release or the use of alternatives to imprisonment, in particular electronic surveillance and community service. The circular also notes that any detainee granted a leave of absence will undergo isolation for 14 days upon his or her return to the prison.  

On the 2nd of June, courts will gradually organise a return to their ordinary activities. 

Read the circular here (in French) 

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