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Short Update: Impact of COVID-19 on criminal proceedings in the Lübcke murder case in Germany

FT Admin - June 15, 2020 - COVID-19 Updates, Court closures, Remote Justice

At the Frankfurt Higher Regional Court ("Oberlandesgericht"), the criminal proceedings on the Lübcke murder case are going to begin on Tuesday. It is the first case in post-war Germany in which a right-wing extremist allegedly shot a politician. There are about 25 parties to the proceedings. To enable the trial under COVID-19-imposed public health conditions, there will be plexiglass panels between all parties to the proceedings. If a party to the proceedings becomes infected, the deadlines for suspending proceedings have been extended nationwide in order to prevent criminal trials from falling through as a result of COVID-19 pandemic (see short update of 7 April 2020). 

There will be 19 seats for journalists and 18 seats for the public in the courtroom. Masks are compulsory for both journalists and the public. In another room, 41 journalists will be able to observe the proceedings via audio transmission. The small number of seats may lead to long queues in front of the court in the morning, nevertheless distancing rules must be observed, even in the queues. There is also a principle on a first come, first served basis. 

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