The Order of 18 March 2013 ending the trial period of the provisions providing for the participation of citizens in the criminal justice system has been published in the Official Journal of 22 March 2013. It will enter into force on 30 April 2013.
Pursuant to the Order dated 12 October 2011, the trial period started on 1st January 2012 before the courts within the district of the Courts of Appeal of Dijon and Toulouse.
A report on the effectiveness of the provisions has been established on 28 February 2013 at the request of the Minister for Justice. This report concludes that despite some positive aspects, this process has increased judicial costs and lengthened delays to schedule matters. Matters already scheduled for after 30 April 2013 will be heard by the courts without the participation of citizens at the scheduled dates, unless those matters have been rescheduled.