COVID-19 and judicial cooperation in criminal matters

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1. Impact of COVID-19 on Judicial Cooperation in Criminal Matters

[Last update: 21/01/2022] Restricted access1

T-his is a Compilation with information on the impact of the spread of COVID-19 on judicial cooperation in criminal matters in the European Union (and Iceland and Norway). The Compilation replies to a number of questions that are relevant for the understanding of the conditions for handling the European Arrest Warrant (EAW), Transfer of sentenced persons, European Investigation Order (EIO) and Mutual legal assistance etc.

The Compilation is regularly updated and published as a Council document (LIMITE).

2. UNODC Compilation - information from central authorities

[Last update: 02/12/2020] Public access

Communications from Central Authorities around the world on the health Crisis caused by COVID-19 for measures related to the application of non-EU legal instruments

3. EJN Videoconference on COVID-19 measures on Judicial Cooperation in Criminal Matters

[Last update: 07/05/2020] Public access

On May 7th 2020, under the Croatian Presidency of the Council of the EU, the European Judicial Network (EJN) held the 1st EJN Videoconference meeting with discussions on how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the procedures for international judicial cooperation.

4. Eurojust Report on the Impact of COVID-19 on Judicial Cooperation in Criminal Matters

[Last update: 02/06/2021] Public access

Report by Eurojust, published on 17 May 2021

5. Operational Support during COVID-19 Pandemic: Information for setting up a Joint Investigation Team (JIT)

[Last update 11/05/2020] Restricted access1

The document compiled by JITs Network Secretariat and based on information received from JIT National experts, on whether concluding a JIT by accepting an electronic version of the agreement duly signed by the other party and exchanging the original versions at a later stage is possible in line with the national legislation of the Member States.

6. National Courts and COVID-19 pandemic

[Last update: 15/05/2020] Restricted access

Compliation of Member States replies to the following questions:

  • Have the national Courts ceased to hear domestic cases due to the Covid-19 pandemic?
  • Cases whereby the accused is still under preventive arrest are still being heard by the national Courts or where they put off for another date?
  • Have there been any Constitutional issues regarding domestic cases not being heard due to the Covid-19 pandemic?

1) The Compilation is password protected. National competent authorities may contact the EJN Secretariat for obtaining access to it.

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