Informative Note

Coronavirus: Impact of the exceptional and temporary measures on enforcement proceedings


The World Health Organization declared a public health emergency of international scope and then a pandemic as a result of the spread of COVID-19. The Portuguese authorities subsequently declared and renewed a state of emergency throughout the country. A wide range of exceptional and temporary measures have now been introduced in response to the impacts being felt in all areas due to the ongoing pandemic.

A number of exceptional measures have been introduced in the justice sector. These measures are set out in Law 1-A/2020 of 18 March and Decree‑Law 10-A/2020 of 13 March (as amended by Law 4-A/2020 of 6 April). The measures include exceptional rules on the extension of time limits and of the periods to take judicial steps. The rules will remain in place until the end of the exceptional situation to prevent, contain, mitigate and treat COVID-19.

This note will look at the impact of the exceptional arrangements to extend time limits and take judicial steps on enforcement proceedings and on proceedings to seize or attach assets.


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Impacts and challenges for businesses in Portugal

PLMJ has created a multidisciplinary team dedicated to analysing the legal and operational challenges that businesses are facing. Our team’s mission is work hand-in-hand with our clients to find the best solutions to mitigate the risks and to relieve some of the pressure they are under.

We have created a Coronavirus Hub to share practical information to help mitigate the risks for companies in Portugal.

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