Author: Vilenas Vadapalas
Topic category: European Union Law
Written pleadings form the most important part of proceedings before the EU General Court. It is due to requirement that application and defence shall contain the pleas in law and arguments relied on and any evidence produced or offered. Already at this stage of written procedure the parties shall submit to the Court the elements of their claims and clearly fix their positions. No new plea in law may be introduced in the course of proceedings unless it is based on matters of law or of fact which come to light in the course of the procedure. Evidence produced or offered shall be submitted in the first exchange of pleadings.