Reed Smith Client Alerts

The health crisis caused by the Covid-19 impacts the entire judiciary and, in particular, proceedings pending before civil and criminal courts. It also creates many uncertainties regarding the introduction of new proceedings.
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Since 16 March 2020, courts have been closed and all hearings have been postponed except those concerning disputes considered as "essential". In practice, the judiciary is therefore at a on hold and it is currently very difficult to get access to a judge. 

Four Ordinances published in the French Official Gazette on 26 March 2020 ended these uncertainties by introducing temporary measures applicable from 12 March 2020 until the expiry of a one-month period after the termination date of the state of health emergency.

These Ordinances refer to Article 4 of Emergency Law No. 2020-290 of 23 March 2020 to address the Covid-19 outbreak, which set the end of the state of health emergency on 24 May 2020, being specified that this period may be extended to a later date.