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Posted On: 18 May 2020 06:07 pm

Supreme Judiciary Council extends suspension of court sessions

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The Supreme Judiciary Council extended the postponement of the consideration of cases in certain courts, as it had announced on its official social media. The announcement states:

"In the context of the precautionary and preventive measures taken by the state to limit the spread of the Coronavirus (Covid-19), and for the safety of all, and after coordination with the relevant authorities, the Supreme Judicial Council decided to extend the postponement of the consideration of the cases before the Court of First Instance, the Court of Appeal, the labor dispute resolution committees and the administrative dispute settlement committees from May 31 to June 11, 2020.

The exception to this is the consideration of pre-trial detention and cases of urgency determined by the President of the Court.

As judges continue to work in the matter of urgent matters, temporary matters, and other urgent matters and define new dates for the adjourned hearings, bearing in mind that the Court of Cassation will continue to consider its sessions within the dates specified in advance.

As for the cases before the labor dispute resolution committees and the rental dispute settlement committees, urgent matters will be considered based on a request from the litigants submitted to the secretariat of the competent committee.

During the suspension of hearings, the Supreme Judiciary provides the public service system remotely, through the "Electronic Courts Portal" program, in addition to allocating an email and a hotline in each court to receive all requests and inquiries, including requests to expedite the processing of cases.

The shift will be organized for judges in each court to consider and decide requests and urgent matters, with the continued work of technical and administrative teams supporting all courts to serve the litigants.

The Board notes to the esteemed auditors that in the case of the need for personal attendance, urgent and advance appointments must be taken into consideration through the specified means of communication.

All services provided through the external service centers continue according to the previously established dates, and requests to register urgent cases and appeals continue through the electronic portal of the council or attendance at an earlier date."

Source: Supreme Judiciary Council