Are the courts still functioning?

The courts are still functioning, but with some restrictions.

Presidential Decree 12/2020 determines that the judicial holiday regime is applicable to procedural acts and proceedings, allowing only urgent acts to be carried-out, namely precautionary measures and others related to minors at risk.

In addition, the Supreme Court ("SC"), through Directive no. 01/TS/GP/2020, of 23 March, established a set of individual and collective prevention measures against the OVID-19 pandemic, which must be observed by the Judicial Courts. Among others, the SC recommended that hearings be held only in the presence of parties, lawyers, witnesses, declarants and/or other essential procedural actors, and ordered that the mediation services of the Judicial Court of the City of Maputo be suspended and that the recommendations and instructions given by the health entities be strictly complied with.

 

Are persons summoned for any procedural acts required to attend?

As mentioned above, urgent cases are ongoing as yet and therefore whoever is summoned for them should attend. In any case, it will always be possible to justify the non-attendance in an act to be performed in person or at a distance, for health reasons or any other pertinent ones, subject to acceptance of same justification by the judge.

 

What happens to the meeting of deadlines during the epidemiological crisis?

Law no. 1/2020, of March 31, determines that procedural deadlines are suspended for the duration of the state of emergency. 

 

What happens to limitation and prescription periods that are in progress?

Limitation periods are suspended for the duration of the State of Emergency.

 

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This information is being updated on a regular basis.

All information contained herein and all opinions expressed are of a general nature and are not intended to substitute recourse to expert legal advice for the resolution of real cases.