25 March 2020 – Closed courts except for urgent matters

This item is sourced from COVID-19 Policy Watch co-ordinated by Policy. We are in the process of gathering further information and aligning taxonomies for these items.

Intervention Categories: Social and physical distancing measures; Adapting or closing offices, businesses, institutions, and operations
Level of Jurisdiction: National

Overview: The French Government closed courts except for urgent matters.

Lawyers may assist detainees by telecommunication, and pretrial detainment or house arrest periods may be extended.

In family court, certain contracts, like co-parenting agreements, that were set to expire after March 12 would be automatically renewed until they could be reviewed at a later date.

In general, any judicial or administrative process that could result in sanctions or fines if not completed will be postponed.
Full details here: https://www.gouvernement.fr/conseil-des-ministres/2020-03-25/faire-face-a-l-epidemie-de-covid-19