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The 'Original Procedure Records' of the Court of Justice of the European Union open for consultation (1972-1978)

Posted on 23 May 2017

The inventory for the latest deposit from the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) is now available at the HAEU in Florence.

Following the publication of the inventory of the proceeding files from 1952 to 1971, the CJEU opens to the research community the description of the records for the period 1972-1978.

The Original Procedure Records constitute a new and important resource for legal students. The series includes all the pleadings related to a case, allowing the researcher to follow the progress of the proceedings step by step, depending on whether it is a preliminary ruling or a direct action. The written procedure is followed by the investigation into the case, the oral stage (public) and the judgements (possibly preceded by the conclusions). In some cases, the files contain provisional measures, interventions, statements of defence, the replies and rejoinders, observations, pleas of admissibility, costs and legal aid. 

Consultation of the records is subjected to a preliminary examination of the applications by the Court of Justice of the European Union, with particular regard to the protection of privacy, commercial interests and the secrecy of deliberations. The speed of replies may vary according to the complexity and volume of files.

Applications for consultation must be sent to archiv@eui.eu. If approved, the HAEU will send to the applicant the documents in digital version.