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The CJEU is temporarily changing its working arrangements. Judicial activity continues, but priority will be given to those cases that are particularly urgent (urgent proceedings, expedited proceedings and interim proceedings).

Procedural time limits for instituting proceedings and lodging appeals continue to run and parties are required to comply with those time limits, without prejudice to the possible application of Article 45(2) of the Protocol on the Statute of the Court of Justice of the European Union.

By contrast, time limits in ongoing proceedings (apart from the abovementioned proceedings that are particularly urgent) will be extended by one month with effect from 19 March 2020. Those time limits shall expire at the end of the day which, in the following month, is numbered the same as the day on which the time limit should have expired or, if that day does not exist in the following month, at the end of the day of the last day of that month.

Until further notice, the time limits that are to be fixed by the registry, with effect from 19 March 2020, shall also be increased by one month.

Hearings that are listed between 19 March 2020 and 3 April 2020 will be adjourned until a later date.

Parties are requested to consult regularly the CJEU website at www.curia.europa.eu.

Once normal judicial activities have been resumed the CJEU will, if necessary, contact parties’ representatives to inform them of the next stages of the proceedings. To read the CJEU’s announcement in full, click here.