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The Procedure before the Court of Justice of the European Communities

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This chapter aims to set out in a simple and clear way the essential elements of the procedure before the Court of Justice of the European Communities (EC). Article 220 EC defines the fundamental role of the Community Courts that of ensuring that, in the constitutional order resulting from the EC Treaty, the rule of law is upheld. The Court of Justice consists of ‘one judge per Member State’ (Article 221 EC) and is assisted by eight Advocates-General (Article 222 EC). Pursuant to Article 221 EC the Court will, as a general rule, sit in Chambers, with the alternative possibility of sitting as a ‘Grand Chamber’ or as a full Court. The procedure before the Court of Justice is governed, first of all, by the provisions in the Treaties and the Statute of the Court of Justice and, secondly, by the Rules of Procedure and the so-called Supplementary Rules.

Keywords: Community Courts; Court of Justice; European Communities (EC); Grand Chamber; Member State



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