Coronavirus COVID-19

Special Information Briefing COVID-19 (No. 22): Fifth extension of the state of alarm: lifting of the suspension of deadlines

25/05/2020

This briefing provides a concise analysis of the procedural measures approved in RD 537/2020, and their impact on existing measures.

Following the start of the de-escalation phase of the various measures adopted as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, the Spanish Government (Consejo de Ministros) agreed to approve a series of measures, including Royal Decree 537/2020, of 22 May, extending the state of alarm declared in Royal Decree 463/2020, of 14 March, which declared the state of alarm for the management of the health crisis caused by COVID-19 (“RD 537/2020” and “RD 463/2020” respectively).

RD 537/2020, in addition to extending the state of alarm until midnight on 7 June, establishes a series of procedural measures that are complementary to those established in Royal Decree-law 16/2020, of 28 April, on procedural and organisational measures to address COVID-19 in the area of the administration of justice (“RDL 16/2020”)2. Of these measures, the following are particularly noteworthy:

  • the lifting of the suspension of procedural terms and deadlines, repealing, with effect from 4 June 2020, the Second Additional Provision of RD 463/2020;
  • the lifting of the suspension of administrative terms and deadlines, repealing, with effect from 1 June 2020, the Third Additional Provision of RD 463/2020; and
  • the lifting of the suspension of the statute of limitations and expiration periods, repealing, with effect from 4 June 2020, the Fourth Additional Provision of RD 463/2020.

 

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