Time Limits Suspended for Civil Proceedings


Suspension of time limits for civil and penal proceedings will be lifted on September 1, 2020

On September 1, 2020, the time limits suspended by orders 2020-4251 and 2020-009 for things such as bringing a suit or filing a civil or penal proceeding will begin to run again for the time remaining, subject to an additional period of 45 days which will be added to the time limits determined in the case protocol for civil matters in effect on March 15, 2020. All time limits in the protocol, including time limits for trial readiness and filing an application for setting down for trial and judgment, will automatically be extended by 7 months (5-and-a-half-month suspension + 45 days). No action is required to benefit from this extension.

The following measures are currently in effect and will end on August 31, 2020. See the press release.

Time limits suspended for civil proceedings

The time limits for extinctive prescription and forfeiture in civil matters are suspended during this period. 

The time limits for civil proceedings are also suspended during this period, except for cases deemed urgent by the courts.

Are all time limits determined in the case protocol for civil matters suspended?

Yes,, all time limits for civil proceedings are suspended since March 15, 2020, in accordance with Ministerial Order 4251 published March 15, 2020, except for cases deemed urgent by the courts.

Are time limits for trial readiness in civil matters automatically suspended?

Yes, all time limits for civil proceedings are suspended since March 15, 2020, in accordance with Ministerial Order 4251 published March 15, 2020, except for cases deemed urgent by the courts.

Despite the suspension of time limits, parties are invited to file their proceedings by mail. The court offices will process them as soon as possible.

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