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COVID-19 : The French Government Intends Extending The Rules Relating To Statutes Of Limitations And Debarment

March 24, 2020
Firm Memoranda

The peculiar context of the pandemic and related restrictions raises the issue of the continuity of judicial services, of the rights of litigants and of procedural foreseeability. As a response to these questions, a draft bill was presented to the Senate, on the evening of 18 March 2020, regarding a proposed “Emergency Law No. 376 to address the Covid-19 epidemic”. The authorities are contemplating two sets of initiatives in this context: a moratorium on procedural deadlines, appeal periods and statutes of limitations (1) and maintaining civil and commercial judicial services for urgent matters (2).


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