The amendment to the COVID-19 Measures Act published on 30 April 2020 is the first step towards a continuation of judicial proceedings. The president of the Supreme Court allows court hearings to take place through video conferencing.
Creditors have noted a deterioration in payment discipline on the part of their debtors which is (at least partly) caused by the official measures aimed at curbing the COVID-19 outbreak. Under the act on extraordinary measures for courts and administrative authorities ("COVID-19 Measures Act") the time limits were suspended and the service of relevant documents was likewise stopped. An amendment to the COVID-19 Measures Act entered into force on 1 May 2020 allowing judicial proceedings to continue. On 4 May 2020, the President of the Supreme Court issued an order governing the framework for the continuation of judicial proceedings. This step should restore effective legal protection. In order to learn more, please download the file below.