Easing of justice-related measures; ninth-graders go back to school
A press conference was held on the current situation regarding the COVID-19 epidemic, which was attended by Minister of Justice Lilijana Kozlovič and the government spokesperson Jelko Kacin.
The situation in justice is expected to normalise after 1 June
Yesterday the Government adopted a decision on the cessation of reasons for temporary measures regarding judicial, administrative and other public-law related matters to curb the spread of COVID-19; accordingly, temporary measures adopted on this basis will apply only until 31 May.
Minister Kozlovič explained that the adopted decision enabled all judicial authorities to start operating normally on 1 June. She cautioned that people should pay attention to their own situation regarding judicial proceedings to which they are parties.
She presented the situation regarding judicial time limits, highlighting the following four points:
- In urgent cases, procedural and material time limits continued to run.
- Time limits in cases conducted prior to 29 March were suspended on 29 March and will continue to run as of 1 June. These time limits will not begin to run anew but will continue and expire on the date as determined in individual cases.
- Time limits for non-urgent cases conducted during the epidemic were suspended. They will begin to run on 1 June.
- The exception is insolvency cases. In such cases, time limits for management bodies have been extended, thus enabling them to perform certain acts in the next three months. This measure of extending time limits has protected those businesses that have found themselves in a difficult business situation due to the epidemic and enabled them to consolidate their operations in the coming months.
As justice-related measures were being eased, representatives of the Ministry of Justice met with the National Institute of Public Health and reviewed the exit strategy following the termination of measures. Instructions for all types of courts were drawn up. Customers are required to wear protective masks and maintain an appropriate social distance. Protective barriers have been installed, judges will wear masks, and the premises will be properly ventilated.
Ninth-graders go back to school
At the end of the press conference, the government spokesperson Jelko Kacin pointed out that ninth-graders were returning to school on Monday, 25 May. Because the epidemiological situation continues to improve, the Government will decide next week whether students in grades four to nine will go back to school. The findings relating to the first week after the opening of schools and kindergartens and the possible return of the remaining students to school will be discussed at a press conference on Monday by the director of the National Education Institute, Vinko Logaj, and the chief epidemiologist of the National Institute of Public Health, Mario Fafangel.
According to the latest data, only 21 COVID-19 patients were hospitalised in Slovenia yesterday, and only four of them are seriously ill. As on several days this week, no new cases of infection were confirmed and none of the patients died.