ECOWAS Court commences 2020 annual vacation
The Community Court of Justice, ECOWAS has commenced its annual vacation from Wednesday, 15th July 2020 to Tuesday, 15th September 2020 in accordance with Article 24 of its Rules.
However, following the provisions of Article 3 of the newly adopted Practice Direction of the Court, the “Virtual Registry” of the Court remains accessible to lawyers and litigants for electronic filing of legal documents.
During the period of the vacation, stakeholders can still file legal documents and communicate with the registry through the official email address of the registry: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Court adopted a new Practice Direction in May 2020 that allowed the use of Electronic Case Management System for electronic filing (e-filing) and Virtual Court Sessions as part of its response to the outbreak of the Corona virus.
The Direction set out the guidelines to be adopted for caseload management and was part of measures put in place by the Court to guarantee continued access to justice and ensure the expeditious disposal of cases, while minimizing the risk of transmission of Covid-19.