The MH17 criminal case will resume on Thursday, 15 April 2021 10:00 a.m. CEST. The arrangements for the upcoming series of hearings have been adjusted due to the coronavirus and the related national guidelines. In practice, this means that fewer people can attend the hearings and that the guidelines of the National Institute for Public Health and the justice authorities will apply. Everyone will be required to maintain a distance of 1.5 metres from each other and people with mild cold symptoms or a fever will not be admitted to the JCS and/or the press centre. Please also be advised that face masks must be worn in the JCS and the press centre. If the corona measures will be tightened more by the government and the Judiciary, and your registration is affected, you will be notified. Needless to say, the trial may be followed by all by livestream as usual and images are available using the established procedure.

Court Days reserved hearing block 6

Hearing block 6 runs from 10:00 a.m. CEST on Thursday, 15 April to Friday, 16 April 2021. It is not yet known whether the court will sit on both days. Circumstances may cause hearings to be shortened, re-scheduled, suspended or even cancelled.

Court Days reserved for 2021

Courtroom D

If you would like to be considered for a seat in courtroom D during block 6, you must request accreditation by Friday, 9 April 2021, by sending an e-mail to registration.courtmh17@rechtspraak.nl. If demand for seats in the courtroom exceeds the number available, you may not be able to attend the hearing in courtroom D. If you wish to have the option of following the criminal proceedings in the press centre instead, please also request accreditation for the press centre.

Press Centre

In the press centre, you can view and listen to the proceedings through a live connection with courtroom D. If you would like to attend the MH17 criminal proceedings in the press centre during block 6, you may register using the accreditation system. You can select under "court sessions" the court days that you wish to attend.

Accreditation system

Attention

Please, only register if you have plans to attend a hearing in the press centre. If you are not sure, please contact the accreditation staff by e-mail at registration.courtmh17@rechtspraak.nl. This will enable the court to ascertain how many journalists are actually to be expected on a given day. If demand exceeds the number of seats available (due to the corona virus), it is possible that you will not be able to attend the hearing at the press centre.

Seat allocation in courtroom D and press centre

The order in which registrations are received does not determine seat allocation. By Tuesday, 13 April 2021 at the latest, you will be notified whether you may attend the hearing at the JCS or the press centre. Your accreditation is personal. This means that you cannot transfer it to someone else.

Contact

If you have queries regarding the accreditation process, you can contact the MH17 communications team by e-mail at registration.courtmh17@rechtspraak.nl.

If you have other queries, please contact communication MH17 trial by e-mail at MH17@rechtspraak.nl.