By means of a Decree adopted on 28 December 2010 and published in the OJ of 29 December 2010, the procedure before French civil courts of appeal was reformed and, as a result, the French code of civil procedure was amended. The reform affects the criteria for invalidity for statements of appeal and for inadmissibility for appeal submissions.

An order published the same day imposes requirements on electronic communications between lawyers and eleven courts of appeal in relation to cases involving compulsory representation in the appeal court.