In light of the need to take measures to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus, a meeting of the President and Members of the Supreme Court was held on 16.3.2020 at the Supreme Court, in the presence of the Minister of Justice and Public Order, the Attorney General, and the President of the Cyprus Bar Association.
It was unanimously agreed as follows:
The Plenary of the Supreme Court has exercised its powers in regards to the foregoing and has decided as follows:
A. The adjudication or further promotion of all cases is temporarily suspended in all Courts, of every stage and jurisdiction, as of 16.3.2020 until 30.4.2020, with the following exceptions:
Regarding civil cases, the following will be heard:
Regarding criminal cases, the following shall be heard:
Urgent proceedings related to the issuance of a psychiatric hospitalization order, legal aid pertaining to the above, or other orders concerning the Family Violence Law, etc. It is understood that in the filing and adjudication of such orders, the element of urgency is subject to the discretion of the competent Court.
The issuance of judgements is also excluded for all stages and proceedings.
B. As far as filings at the registrars are concerned, the following shall apply:
Registrars will accept the following filings:
The filing of applications for legal aid in relation to the above exceptions will also be accepted. Applications which refer to psychiatric hospitalization order procedures or to the issuance of urgent orders under any law as set out above will also be accepted.
The filing of any cases in respect of which a time limit and / or limitation is provided by the Constitution or the Law will also be accepted.
The induction of oaths in cases of extreme urgency will be further accepted at the discretion of the competent Registrar.
C. The deadlines determined by the Rules and the time limits determined at trials for the execution of judicial acts are suspended from 16.3.2020 to 30.4.2020.
D. Issues of the operation of the Courts arising from the application of these measures shall be settled by decisions of the Administrative President of each Court.
The Supreme Court may at any time amend the above directions according to the prevailing circumstances.
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