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People summoned to court who have symptoms of the disease or who have been in close contact with the virus carrier must report to the court and will not be allowed to enter the courthouse. During the session, questions may be asked regarding the health status of the parties, and their recent travels. If a person who has been summoned to appear before the judge considers it to be dangerous for their health, they must inform the court, and the court will then decide on whether further proceedings are possible.

Last updated: 31.03.2020 14:51

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The Estonian courts, which during the emergency situation used written procedures and various technical solutions, will start holding more hearings again in courtrooms. However, the return to the normal working procedure is cautious, since the threat of the virus has not been removed, and it is important to make sure the health of the parties involved in the proceedings, observers and employees in the courthouses, is protected also in the future.

Even after the end of the emergency, it is recommended to wear mask in courts, as well as to apply the 2+2 rule and stay at home when ill.

The court invites parties carrying out their duties to bring masks to the proceedings with them. For those who do not have a mask, the court usher, or the Registrar of the court will provide them with a mask, if necessary. If a person spends more than three hours in the courtroom, the masks need to be changed.

The two-metre distance rule applies in the courtroom, so the number of people allowed in the courtroom can enter as the premises allow. The judge decides the number of persons in the Chamber. The courtrooms, witness stands, door handles, and other touchable surfaces are cleaned frequently according to the need. It is also necessary to leave sufficient time between two hearings to air and clean the courtroom.

The work of the court is based on the principle that it is safe to come to courthouse. Of course, the rule still applies that if anybody has fallen ill, they need to remain home. If a party to the proceedings is ill, they will provide this information, and then the judge shall decide how to proceed.

Court Registries are open again at usual business hours. However, if possible, we ask people to continue using other channels, such as calling or sending an e-mail. Procedural documents can be submitted via e-File online information system at www.etoimik.ee.

Last updated: 02.06.2020 12:03

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