Preliminary ruling proceedings in short
The rules for proceedings before the Court of Justice are laid down in the Protocol no. 3 on the Statute of the Court of Justice and the Rules of Procedure of the Court of Justice. Request The proceedings start with a request from a national court, which submits to the Court of Justice the decision to which the preliminary question relates and a copy or summary of the file for the proceedings. This is done in the language of the national court. The decision to refer (summarised if necessary) is translated into all other official languages of the Union, but the proceedings file is not. It is then transmitted to the parties in the main action, the Member States and the Commission. The Court of Justice may ask the referring court to provide further clarification. Hearing of the case The parties, the Member States, the Commission and, where appropriate, the European Parliament and the Council have only one opportunity to submit written observations. After the judge-rapporteur has delivered his or her report for the hearing, the parties and the authorities and institutions mentioned above may ask for the Court to handle the case orally so that they can elucidate their viewpoint at the hearing. A few weeks or months after the Sportwetten Ratgeber hearing, the Advocate-General will deliver his or her conclusions. The parties cannot give their reaction to these. By virtue of the final paragraph of Article 20 of the Statute of the Court of Justice, the Court may decide, after hearing the Advocate-General, that the case shall be determined without a submission from the Advocate-General. Judgment A few weeks or months after the Advocate-General has delivered his or her conclusions, the Court of Justice will issue judgment in open court. The Court informs the parties concerned of its judgment beforehand. The judgment is then announced to all Wettanbieter Bonus parties and to the court that referred the preliminary question. It is binding for all judicial bodies that may have to hear the substance of the case. Other courts can either follow the interpretation provided or refer to the Court of Justice. The Court’s interpretation is applicable from the entry into force of the provision that the Court interpreted.