Egyptian Courts & COVID-19
Following official statements by Egypt’s various courts, most courts in Egypt will be closed to the public for two weeks with all upcoming hearings postponed to a later date, this comes as a part of the country’s effort to promote social distancing in order to stop the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak.
A number of decisions have been taken in an attempt to decrease the possibility of exposure to the virus and to promote social distancing to mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus. The two-week hiatus started on the 15th March 2020 when the Egyptian Courts decided to suspend all its hearings as of 16th March 2020 until 30th March 2020 in compliance with the President of the Supreme Court’s instructions. However, the instructions also provided that the courts’ administrative work shall proceed as usual including roll registration, perusals, receipt of photocopies, certificates and other administrative work; bearing in mind that all necessary precautionary measures are being taken to ensure the safety of the employees and frequent attendants.
The aforementioned decision was taken in an attempt to avoid the crowding of litigants provided that rendering judgments are not suspended and the renewal of incarceration periods are made on their scheduled dates. However, it has been decided that the attendance before the court shall only be for the accused and their lawyers. This decision shall not affect the right of litigants or their proxies to appeal any judgments nor the issuance of certificates.
The Eldib Advocates and Eldib Pandi, our commercial sister company, teams across all our offices are taking all the necessary precautions for the health and safety of our employees and clients. We are consciously keeping with the recommended social distancing proposals in order to play our role in mitigating the spread of COVID-19. Our teams will continue to work both from our offices and if necessary remotely to satisfy the needs of our clients.
We will continue to keep you updated on the situation on the ground.
Please stay safe.