Litigation Department Report | Order 18/2020: extension of the extraordinary judicial recess
Dear Sir or Madam,
Within the state of sanitary emergency declared regarding COVID-19 and the mandatory social, preventive isolation measure duly decreed, the Supreme Court has adopted different measures within the National Judicial Branch, consistent with the National Executive Branch provisions and the recommendations of the national sanitary authority. In order to align with Decree 520/20, by means of which the National Executive Branch enacted the extension of Decree 297/20 (later extended by Decrees 325/20, 355/20, 408/20, 459/20, 493/20 and their complementary regulations), on 6/8/2020, the Supreme Court issued the Order 18/2020.
Through Order 18/2020, the Supreme Court provided: (i) the extension of the extraordinary judicial recess issued by Order 6/2020, from June 8th through June 28th 2020, both dates included, for all national and federal courts not included in Order 17/2020, which terms are maintained, (ii) that during this extraordinary judicial recess the Supreme Court will work with all its members and court secretaries, (iii) to maintain the public opening hours of courts on duty from Monday to Friday from 9.30 a.m. to 1.30 p.m., (iv) to entrust the different national and federal courts which are in charge of the superintendence of each jurisdiction: (a) the appointment of authorities on duty within their jurisdiction for attending issues which do not admit any delay and those that arise from the guidelines and assumptions outlined by Orders 6/20, 9/20, 10/20, 13/20, 14/20 and 16/20, and (b) the power to extend the subjects to be dealt with by such courts during this extraordinary judicial recess, (v) that judges can enable the extraordinary judicial recess to render definitive or interlocutory judgments in those cases that are in conditions to be resolved and to notify them electronically, maintaining the suspension of the deadlines, unless parties reasonably request the enablement to continue the process, in which case the judge will decide if it is appropriate, and (vi) require to federal courts and federal oral courts sitting in the provinces to inform this Court within a reasonable time about the possibility of ordering the enablement of the extraordinary judicial recess of their own court and those under their superintendence.
Please, do not hesitate to contact us should you require any further information on this matter.
Eduardo J. Güemes
Gonzalo García Delatour