Tag Archives: Rules of Procedure

General Court: Draft of New Rules of Procedure

The General Court has proposed to the Council, pursuant to Article 254 TFEU, new Rules of Procedure for adoption. You can access the proposal here.

The new rules are a substantial update and seek to modernise and improve the way the ever increasing number of cases is dealt with see our post on statistics for 2013).

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New Practice Directions at the Court of Justice

The Court of Justice has published new Practice Directions to parties. They are available here.

They take account of the all new Rules of Procedure of September 2012, as amended in June 2013 to add the Croatian language as a language of procedure.

The new Practice Directions are basically some common sense guidelines about how counsel should draft, structure and lodge procedural documents before the Court and conduct cases before it. They state that the application and defence should not exceed 30 pages and should be written intelligibly. Hmmm. If only more lawyers would heed that piece of advice !

All counsel should read them before representing clients before the Court of Justice! If it is possible to sum the up it would be like this: be clear, be concise, use common sense.