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EU Recommends Making Court Hearings Digital During Pandemic

April 7, 2020, 12:12 PM

The European Commission has urged member countries to make their court hearings available through video conferencing during the coronavirus pandemic.

Most EU countries have imposed strict stay-at-home guidance, making tax court hearings practically impossible.

  • “The rule of law is not in quarantine. The Commission is ready to assist the Member States and to coordinate their efforts to overcome the current crisis,” said Didier Reynders, Commissioner for Justice in statement Tuesday.
  • EU justice ministers, following a video meeting yesterday, encouraged all member countries to step up their efforts to ensure the complete digitization of judicial procedures and provide a secure digital channel for all judicial cooperation procedures.
  • Some countries, such as the U.K., have already held tax court hearings entirely via teleconferencing for the first time.

To contact the reporter on this story: Hamza Ali in London at hali@bloombergtax.com

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Meg Shreve at mshreve@bloombergtax.com; Vandana Mathur at vmathur@bloombergtax.com

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