Insights Court of Justice of European Union announces broadcast of hearings and handing down of Judgments and Advocate General Opinions

The CJEU has announced that in order to facilitate the public’s access to its judicial activity, it will offer a streaming service with effect from 26 April.

The delivery of CJEU Judgments and the reading of Advocate Generals’ Opinions will be broadcast live on its website. The broadcast, which at this stage will only include cases assigned to the Grand Chamber, will be made from the start of hearings for the delivery of Judgments, in accordance with the timetable provided in the judicial calendar.

The hearings in cases assigned to the Grand Chamber will also, in principle, be the subject of a later broadcast for a pilot period of six months. It will be possible to view the hearings either on the same day from 14.30 (for hearings that took place that morning), or the following day from 09.30 (for hearings that are held in the afternoon), but it will not be possible to consult them subsequently.

The CJEU says that the broadcasts are designed to allow citizens to follow hearings under the same conditions as if they were physically present. Viewers will therefore benefit from the simultaneous interpretation of the pleadings in the languages necessary for the proper conduct of the hearing. To read the CJEU’s announcement in full, click here.