Due to corona measures the press centre and room D in the JCS have limited access in June 2020.

In light of the relaxation of government measures to combat the coronavirus and the steps announced to take effect from 1 July 2020, the District Court of The Hague has been able to take the decision the press centre will host a maximum of 100 persons a day.

Guidelines of the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) and of the Justice System

At the press centre, the guidelines of the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) and of the Justice System apply. Everybody is required to maintain a distance of one and a half metres from others. If you have mild cold symptoms or a fever, please stay home; you will be denied access to the courthouse. In such a case, you may follow the hearing by livestream.

The press centre has room for 500 persons. There are 300 working spaces available with enough power outlets. There are 12 big screens inside the press centre. De court sessions will be live streamed on thess screens. Audio is available in Dutch and English via infrared transmitters and headphones. 

If you wish to use the press centre, you must be accredited. The press centre is primarily intended for the use of accredited members of the press, although exceptions will be made for participants in and parties to the proceedings. Accreditation passes must be worn in such a way that they remain visible at all times.

Watch our introduction to the location and layout of the Schiphol Judicial Complex.

Follow the court sessions

In the press centre you can view the streams from the 6 cameras in the court room on large screens. Court sessions will also be streamed for everyone through the live stream on this website (in Dutch with English translation). The livestream shows multiple camera angles in the court room. Watch our video about broadcasting the court sessions.

Summary of the day in court

A summary of the day in court will be presented in the press centre as is customary (approximately half an hour) after the hearing ends. If you are not present in the press centre, you may also view the summary session by livestream. Media that are not present may submit questions by e-mail to mh17@rechtspraak.nl or may send a message by WhatsApp to telephone number (+31)0652830531. Following the summary by the District Court of The Hague. The Public Prosecution Service (PPS) will also answer questions of the press. Please e-mail questions for the PPS to mh17proces@om.nl.

Opening hours regular days

The press centre is open from 8:30 am till - at the latest - 20:00.

Food and drinks

Coffee, tea and water will be provided free of charge. Our restaurant serves sandwiches.

Directions to the Schiphol Judicial Complex (JCS)

You can access JCS by car, but parking spaces are limited. See the directions to the Schiphol Judicial Complex (JCS).

House rules

We have set up some rules and regulations for visitors of the press centre,our purpose is:

  • to make the conditions of access to the press centre clear to everyone who wishes to use the centre;
  • to preserve order and safety for press centre users and court employees.

Read the house rules of our press centre.

Press Guidelines

Legal cases in the Netherlands are - in principle - public. Journalists may be present and do their work. A national guideline has been drawn up for this, the press guideline 2013. This press guideline also applies in the MH17 process. The Court of The Hague can, however, deviate from the press directive and make additional agreements.

Use of radio frequencies

There will be a great amount of radio usage, by broadcasters, organization and security. Also there is a large amount of regular radio users in the immediate surroundings. This highly concentrated use of radio spectrum must be carefully planned and organized, so the radio spectrum can be used safely and without interference problems. Read the guidelines of Agentschap Telecom.

Contact our press office

In the press centre you will find the information desk for more assistance. Prior to March 9, you can contact our communications department at +31 88 361 17 11 or +31 6 5283 0531.