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Access to justice in times of corona

Digital court room Rotterdam (rechtspraak.nl)

While our focus is on keeping ourselves and others healthy and safe and we share the great concerns and grief caused by the corona virus, our team tries to keep the spirit up and is working at a reduced pace from home. Our PhD researcher Georgia had to return earlier from her research stay in Singapore – but we are happy to have her back safe and sound – and many of our planned activities have been cancelled. Luckily, some meetings and events can still go through online and we hope that this virus that has been so devastating for many people can be controlled soon and we can begin to pick up our normal life routines and work activities in a world that has been shaken.

The disruption of society has naturally also affected our justice systems. In the Netherlands, the courts were closed on 17 March 2020, and only process designated urgent cases (including child protection cases, health and security related cases, insolvency cases, and certain criminal cases). A positive side effect is the rapid uptake of digitisation of justice. In the Netherlands, on 3 April 2020 a legislative proposal was put forward to enable more electronic communication and video calling to secure that the judiciary can keep functioning. We report more in detail on this in our blogpost on Conflictoflaws.net.

Stay safe and healthy!

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Published: February 28, 2019

On 25-26 February 2019, the last joint meeting of the Steering Committee, the overarching Working Group on Structure, the co-reporters of the other working groups and the institutional observers of the ELI-Unidroit project on European Rules of Civil Procedure took place in Rome.

Xandra Kramer presented the progress of the WG on Structure and the new consolidated draft rules, followed by a fruitful discussion between the present members of the working group and the participants. The latest drafts of the three last ongoing working groups were also presented and discussed.

The consolidated draft will be completed this year and is scheduled for adoption early next year. The ELI-Unidroit European Rules of Civil Procedure will be a model law on civil procedure for Europe.