08 April 2020 – Allowed legal processes to be done through electronic means

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.

Type of Intervention: Policing and justice
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Level of Jurisdiction: National
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Overview: The Dutch Government has passed an emergency law to facilitate judicial or legal processes during the coronavirus pandemic.

The ‘Emergency Justice and Security Act’ allows legal consultation and decision-making processes to temporarily occur electronically (e.g. for annual general meetings of large businesses or associations, hearings or trials by lawyers, drawing up legal deeds such as wills). It will also allow police to collect saliva or mucus from suspects if they are suspected of a serious infectious disease to allow testing for COVID-19.

The emergency law will be in force until 1 September 2020, with a possibility for extension by two months each time.
Full details here: https://www.rijksoverheid.nl/onderwerpen/coronavirus-covid-19/nieuws/2020/04/21/spoedwet-justitie-en-veiligheid-aangenomen-in-eerste-kamer