A transition period started on 1 February 2020 following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU and is due to end on 31 December 2020. This transition period is being put to use to negotiate and adopt new instruments for civil cooperation between the EU and the UK, where necessary.
In the absence of an agreement on the future relationship, judicial cooperation in civil and commercial cases will still be possible in the majority of circumstances, but significant changes will need to be planned for: judicial cooperation in family matters, free movement of judgments, service of judicial and extrajudicial documents, and taking of evidence will be governed by the existing international instruments or, in the absence of such instruments, national law.
You are concerned if you are a party to a trial having a connection with the UK. For instance, if you are an individual living in France and being tried by a British court or an individual living in the UK and being tried by a French court. You are also concerned if you are a British legal professional or you qualified in the UK and are practising in France.
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