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Short Update: Luxembourg courts suspend hearings and interrogations not involving detention, but emergency requests may still be made

FairTrialsAdmin - April 9, 2020 - COVID-19 Updates, Delayed or accelerated proceedings

On 1 April, the Luxembourg Grand-Ducal Regulation of 25 March was amended to suspend all deadlines as from 26 March in proceedings before the judicial (including criminal) courts. This follows the Ministry of Justice’s decision of 16 March 2020 that only cases involving detention will be heard by the Appeal Court on the scheduled date. All other hearings are postponed sine die. All cases relating to prisoners’ release will be heard by the pre-trial chamber, and the pre-trial chamber may decide to hear other urgent cases.  

Moreover, all interviews scheduled in front of the investigating judge are postponed, unless it is necessary for the purpose of the investigation to maintain them. This follows the decision by the Luxembourg District Court and the decision of the Appeal Court to suspend proceedings. 

On 20 March 2020, the Luxembourg Bar Association specified that the Court’s and the State attorney’s clerk office are still accessible for the introduction of emergency requests and appeals. Prior to any visit to the Court, lawyers should however call the clerk to confirm whether their physical appearance is indeed required.

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