Are courts still working?

The courts continue to operate, in shifts, in order to ensure that urgent acts are carried out in person, in particular with regard to minors at risk, prisoners and persons under arrest after the state of emergency was decreed, as well as in the context of precautionary measures.

The Superior Council of the Judiciary and the courts themselves have provided electronic mail for urgent acts. Magistrates should continue to work on non-urgent cases from their homes.

 

Are persons summoned for any procedural acts required to attend?

As mentioned above, in-person hearings and acts can be held in urgent proceedings under certain conditions; anyone summoned to same must therefore appear before the court. In any event, failure to appear before the court or to participate by any means of remote communication can always be justified based on health reasons, subject to the judge’s acceptance of such justification.

 

What happens to running deadlines during the epidemiological crisis?

According to Law No. 83/IX/2020, the judicial holiday regime applies to most of the current periods. Although the law is not absolutely clear, it seems that the deadlines in urgent proceedings are also suspended, although the performance of any procedural and procedural acts through appropriate means of distance communication, namely by e-mail or video or teleconference, is admitted.

 

What happens to running statutes of limitations and expiry deadlines?

Pursuant to Law No. 83/IX/2020, statutes of limitations and expiry deadlines regarding all types of proceedings are suspended; this suspension prevails over any regimes establishing maximum mandatory limitation or expiration periods, which are extended by the period in which the exceptional situation applies.

 

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This information is being updated on a regular basis.

All information contained herein  and all opinions expressed are of a general nature and are not intended to substitute recourse to expert legal advice for the resolution of real cases.