COVID-19: NCC is open for business, but restrictions apply

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Amsterdam, 25 March 2020

[Updated Februari 2022]

The Dutch Government has ordered measures to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Nevertheless, the NCC courthouse is accessible to lawyers and parties if the court orders a courtroom hearing. Some restrictions still apply. In the courthouse special precautions have been taken to minimise COVID-19 risks.

General guidance

To limit the impact of the current circumstances, the following general guidance will apply until further notice, subject to the court's directions on a case-by-case basis:

  • Hearings will generally be held in the courthouse, unless the judge decides otherwise;
  • Wherever possible and appropriate, hearings may be held electronically, using conference call or videoconferencing equipment;
  • It is possible, as always, to initiate a new case in eNCC (the electronic portal), and to submit documents and exhibits;
  • NCC staff is available to provide further guidance and answer any questions you may have.  

Courtroom hearings

  • Members of the press and members of the public are welcome to attend NCC courtroom hearings. NCC hearings may be in a courtroom or on Microsoft Teams. If the hearing is a videoconference hearing, prior registration is required. More information for members of the press is provided here.
  • Lawyers and parties need not register


  • To register, send us an email at
  • Registration starts 7 calendar days before the hearing and closes 2 business days before the hearing
  • In your registration email, tell us who would like to attend which hearing

For your safety and the safety of others, please observe the following rules:

  • Do not come to the courthouse more than 15 minutes before the hearing
  • If you have flu-like symptoms, or if anyone in your household has such symptoms, DO NOT COME TO THE COURTHOUSE. Call the registry to notify the court
  • Social distancing: 1.5 m
  • Wash your hands regularly
  • Cough and sneeze in your elbow
  • Use paper tissues
  • Follow all directions from security and other courthouse officials

Videoconference hearings

Ordinary courtroom rules apply, but there are some particular rules:

  • All participants switch off their microphones when not speaking.
  • All mobile phones are on silent mode during the hearing; if lawyers wish to confer with co-counsel or a client, they can do so by instant messaging, or by requesting a short break.
  • Anyone from the public wishing to attend must register (see above) to obtain a login link. All participants must be on screen (webcam on). The microphone is switched off.
  • Anyone not in compliance with the rules is removed from the videoconference.

See our instructions on how to log in to the hearing: computer (pdf, 182.3 KB) and mobile device (pdf, 226.6 KB).

Videconference instructions

Prior to any videoconference hearing the parties will receive specific instructions along the lines of our format below: 

  1. Approximately 60/30 minutes before the hearing the clerk will perform a test. Please log into the session and switch on video and audio. See our manuals for computer (pdf, 182.3 KB) and mobile device (pdf, 226.6 KB).
    The use of personal devices, such as laptops, mobile phones or tablets, is recommended. Using other VC-equipment may result in connection problems or in the judge not being able to see the lawyers/parties properly due to the large distance from the camera.
  2. If the videoconference does not work smoothly, the hearing may be by conference call.
  3. Please stay connected (with audio and video off) or access the Skype session again 10 minutes before the hearing, so we can start on time.
  4. If the lawyers wish to submit written notes for the case file, the notes should be uploaded to eNCC at least 2/24/48 hours before the hearing. The notes will then be a part of the case file. The lawyers are requested to limit their initial remarks (“pleadings”) during the Teams session to a summary of their notes.
  5. The deadline for submitting exhibits is [@@]
  6. The judge, clerk and lawyers (will/will not) wear a robe.
  7. All participants are required to switch on video and keep audio muted if not speaking.
  8. Mobile phones are allowed, but must be in silent mode. Private consultation with clients or opposing counsel can be done by instant messaging or by asking the court for a short break. Please do not disconnect, but only switch off video and audio. If you need more time, send a chat message in the Skype session.
  9. Avoid interrupting the judge or opposing counsel. To raise an urgent point, raise your hand.
  10. It is not allowed to make a screenshot, photo or any audio or video recording of the hearing.
  11. There may be members of the press or the public joining the videoconference session. They will be requested to switch on their webcam. Non-compliance with this rule, or any further instructions, will result in removal from the session.