Calendar of hearings

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Provisional list of scheduled hearings

The Court basically has a written procedure but occasionally decides to hold public hearings in specific cases. Hearings take place in the Human Rights Building in Strasbourg. They are public unless otherwise decided by the President of the Chamber or Grand Chamber, as the case may be. At the end of the hearing, the judges withdraw to deliberate. A judgment and/or a decision are delivered at a later date.

Please note that these dates are subject to cancellation

September 2018
26 September
N.D. and N.T. v. Spain (no. 8675/15)
Grand Chamber hearing
26 September 2018  at  09:15
October 2018
3 October
Mihalache v. Romania (no. 54012/10)
Grand Chamber hearing
03 October 2018  at  09:15
October 2018
17 October
Strand Lobben and Others v. Norway (no. 37283/13)
Grand Chamber hearing
17 October 2018  at  09:15
November 2018
21 November
Magyar Kétfarkú Kutya Párt v. Hungary (no. 201/17)
Grand Chamber hearing
21 November 2018  at  09:15
November 2018
28 November
López Ribalda and Others v. Spain (no. 1874/13)
Grand Chamber hearing
28 November 2018  at  09:15

Attend a hearing

Public hearings

Hearings at the Court are public. Hearings last approximately two hours with English and French interpretation.

As the number of seats in the courtroom is limited, a live broadcast of the hearing is organised.

If you wish to attend a public hearing, please complete the electronic form. The minimum age to attend a hearing is 18 years.

If a hearing is cancelled or adjourned, you will be informed as soon as possible.

All the Court’s public hearings are filmed and broadcast on the Court’s website. Hearings held in the morning can be viewed from 2.30 p.m. onwards, while those held in the afternoon are available during the evening.

Thanks to the support provided by Ireland, all the Court’s public hearings since 2007 have been filmed and can be viewed in their entirety, with interpretation in French and English.

Rules of security and conduct

  • Strict punctuality is requested. Entry to the courtroom after the start of oral submissions is not permitted in order to avoid any disruption to the hearing.
  • The number of participants should not exceed that stated in the list of participants, which will be required beforehand
  • Hearings begin at 9.15 a.m. sharp
  • Persons attending hearings must arrive at the main entrance of the Human Rights Building 8.30 a.m.; each person should bring his or her passport or other ID.
  • No telephones or laptop computers may be used during the hearing; photography or recording of the hearing is prohibited.
  • No food or drink may be brought into the courtroom.
  • Entry to or exit from the courtroom is not permitted during the hearing
  • Persons seated in the courtroom should remain seated and silent, and remain in their seats until the hearing has ended. The President may order the removal of anyone disturbing the proceedings.
  • Appropriate dress is required.
  • For security reasons, access is only given to those parts of the building that are open to the public. Access to the cafeteria is prohibited.
  • The building does not have a left-luggage office; suitcases are not accepted.

Please ensure that these instructions are followed.