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Short Update: Criminal proceedings in Luxembourg conducted in writing and by email

FairTrialsAdmin - April 9, 2020 - COVID-19 Updates, Remote Justice

On 26 March 2020 the Luxembourg Ministry of justice published a press release to specify that during the State of emergency, requests addressed to the pre-trial chambers of the District Courts and Court of appeal will be decided on the basis of written submissions only, without any appearance of the parties, their lawyers, or the state attorney. This follows from the Luxembourg Bar Association’s circular inviting lawyers to avoid as much as possible having their clients attending pre-trial chamber hearings in order to decrease the number of persons in the courtroom and the risk of contagion.   

On 2 April 2020, the Luxembourg Bar Association, together with the Luxembourg Court of Appeal published a Circular providing practical information on remote access to the Appeal Court, the Supreme Court, and the Chamber dealing with sentences. On 18 March 2020, a joint Circular of the Luxembourg Supreme Court and the Luxembourg Bar Association had already invited all lawyers to communicate with the Court’s clerk via email, and informed them that Supreme Court’s decisions will be sent by email.  

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