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Short Update: COVID-19 leads to online civil proceedings in Nuremberg

FT Admin - August 5, 2020 - COVID-19 Updates, Remote Justice

In Nuremberg, civil proceedings have been conducted via video conferences for the first time, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

"The Corona crisis is giving the courts a digitalization push", said Thomas Dickert, President of the Nuremberg Higher Regional Court ("Oberlandesgericht").

Technical equipment is being bought to allow more remote civil proceedings in future. However, the push to digitalize is limited to civil proceedings for the time being as it is not legally possible to conduct criminal proceedings by video conference in Germany. The German Code of Criminal Procedure ("Strafprozessordnung") includes a principle of immediacy, which states that the court must gather all evidence itself. This means, for example, that witnesses must be heard in person. 

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