June 17, 2020

As you know, in El Salvador the administrative and judicial deadlines were suspended from March 14, 2020 until June 10, 2020, the date on which the Legislative Assembly approved Decree No. 649, to extend the suspension from June 11 to June 19. of 2020. However, the decree was vetoed by the President of the Republic alleging “unconstitutionality” for having unfrozen deadlines for the Institute for Access to Public Information and all units for access to public information, which are obliged to provide the requested information. by citizens on public management.

Thus, The suspension of deadlines ended and they began to run starting June 11, 2020.

Due to the suddenness of the events, the courts, public registries and other affected offices were closed that date, observing the mandatory home quarantine that ended on June 13, 2020; day the government announced the reopening of the economy in 5 Phases starting from June 16, 2020, date on which the Intellectual Property Registry and other public offices related to trade and investment have reopened operations.

For rights whose deadlines expired between June 11 and 15, 2020, force majeure or fortuitous event may be alleged, as well as the respective legal provisions and jurisprudence to defend the impossibility of complying with these.

José Roberto Romero and Nadya León / ROMERO PINEDA, El Salvador

jose@romeropineda.com and nadya@romeropineda.com


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