As part of the nationwide measures to contain the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Dutch courts will close until at least 6 April 2020. Only urgent cases will continue to be handled, albeit via video or teleconference whenever possible and without an audience.
As of 17 March 2020, the Dutch courts have taken several measures to contain the spread of the COVID-19. All court buildings are closed and no longer accessible to the public, and there will be no physical docket hearings or oral hearings in pending cases. These measures apply to the district courts, the courts of appeal, and special tribunals.
Only urgent cases will continue to be handled, such as those concerning the detention of suspects, bankruptcy filings, and certain family law matters. Whenever possible, these hearings will be conducted remotely via video or teleconference. If a physical hearing is needed, the court will take necessary additional measures to decrease the potential opportunity for COVID-19 to spread. With regards to preliminary relief proceedings and applications for leave to make conservatory attachments in civil matters, the court will determine on a case-by-case basis if it is urgent enough to be handled. If so, a hearing will preferably be done remotely.
Most procedural and administrative acts will continue. New cases can be submitted and procedural documents such as statements of defense and deeds can be filed. As the court buildings are closed, documents cannot be physically delivered but will have to be sent by post, fax, or e-mail to the court. The court will also continue to hand down written decisions.