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Ministers discussed the impact on the outbreak on the justice system. This included the work of civil and commercial courts, as well as judicial cooperation across Member States.

They also considered new sanctions introduced for contravening restrictions imposed by governments to contain the spread of the virus, and other pandemic actions that could be taken at the EU level.

FRA’s report on the fundamental rights implications of the COVID-19 outbreak provides data from Member States on the impact of the outbreak on the justice system and on prisoners.