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Russian courts set to resume work on May 12

Source: Kommersant

Courts in Russia will resume regular working hours on May 12, following a break due to the coronavirus pandemic, Kommersant reports.

According to a letter sent from the Supreme Court to presiding judges, restrictions on the operations of Russian courts will expire on May 11, after which the Supreme Court is advising courts and other branches of the judicial authorities to carry out their activities “on a full scale.”

The Supreme Court’s Judicial Department confirmed that this letter was sent out, noting that the final decision on conducting court proceedings will be left up to the presiding judges themselves, who should decide based on “the epidemiological situation in question.” 

The Supreme Court imposed a moratorium on the consideration of all court proceedings, except for “urgent” cases, on March 18. The decision as to which cases should be considered “urgent” was left up presiding judges.