Japanese courts are now suspending many court dates in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
They started suspending the court dates after the Japanese government has declared the state of emergency on 7th April 2020. And now, following the extension of the declaration until the end of May 2020, the court dates scheduled in May are being suspended in many courts throughout Japan.
As there are many new potential cases which weren’t filed because of the voluntarily “stay home” in April, the court will likely to be very much over-scheduled after they re-open the suspended court dates after the end of May.
There are several different procedures at the court. Two major procedures are lawsuit (“Sosho”) and conciliation (“Cho-tei”). Japanese legal system requires conciliation procedure to be held before the lawsuit for several types of cases. This includes many family procedures such as divorce. Which means, if you want to file a divorce case to a Japanese court, you will first have to file for a conciliation procedure. You cannot go to lawsuit directly.
As the conciliation procedure includes more “close, detailed and long conversations” in a small room compared to lawsuits, there may be considerable delays for conciliation procedures for a long period of time (maybe more than several months).
For people who have serious and urgent legal issues at this moment, it will be important to move quicker than usual, taking into account the possibility of significant delays at the court.
In Japan, the state of emergency declaration (due to COVID-19) was extended until the end of May 2020. In order to ensure the safety of our clients and staffs, we are taking the following measures.
Request all guests and staffs to wash their hands when entering the office.
Disinfectant spray at the entrance and meeting room.
Acrylic boards are installed in the meeting room to prevent infection (up to three people can be interviewed at the same time).
Wear a mask (those without masks will be given one mask per person)
Paper cups are used for drinks.
Disinfection of the meeting room for each consultation.
For legal issues such as debt, business problems, inheritance, divorce, etc. it is important to have a consultation with the attorney early on in order to achieve a better resolution.
We take measures to prevent infection as described above, so if you wish to consult with us, please contact us as soon as possible. We can also provide web consultation (zoom, skype, google meets) for now.
Kawasaki One-stop Business Startup Center is holding a Seminar and Networking Event about Business Startups in Japan. The seminar is about basic knowledge about visa and taxation for business startups in Japan. The lecture will be performed in English.