• 9 to 13 March 2020
  • 23 to 27 March 2020
  • 8 June to 3 July 2020
  • 31 August to 13 November 2020
  • 1 February to 26 March 2021

The court has reserved these periods in order to ensure there will be space available to conduct hearings in the MH17 trial, as other district courts also use the JCS for legal proceedings. 

Start of initial phase
The first date on which a hearing will take place – 9 March 2020 – has been announced previously. This will mark the start of the initial phase of the MH17 trial. This phase entails establishing who will appear in court, what the status of the investigation is and whether any further investigation is necessary. 

The exact dates of subsequent hearings in the initial phase are not yet known. Nor is it known when the merits of the case will be heard. The Court will be able to plan the next phase of the trial only once the initial phase has been completed in March 2020. More information will follow at a later date.