The trial for the 22 March terrorist attacks will begin on 30 November with the jury selection. The first substantive hearing will take place on 5 December. The trial will run from Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday is a buffer day to be used if more time is needed. It is important to note that an assizes trial is an unpredictable process, and that hearing days can finish before 5 p.m. if the hearing is adjourned, or after 5 p.m. if the hearing goes on longer than expected. For more information on the trial programme, consult the calendar. The timetable details the long-term programme and that for the coming days, as well as a real-time estimate of when each hearing day will end. Civil parties can also follow the trial remotely via a web radio.
The trial will take place in French. Simultaneous interpretation into Dutch and English will be offered every day.
The trial will take place at the Justitia Palace of Justice, located at Avenue du Bourget 22, 1130 Brussels. The site's configuration is given below.
How to get there :
- From Ghent: E40 → exit R0 direction Liège/Anvers → exit Evere/Bruxelles A201
- From Antwerp E19 → exit R0 direction Liège/Anvers → exit Evere/Bruxelles A201
- From Liège E40 → exit R0 direction Liège/Anvers → exit Evere/Bruxelles A201
- From Charleroi E19 → junction R0 direction Bruxelles Est/Waterloo → exit Evere/Bruxelles A201
Only civil parties holding accreditation will have access to parking on the Justitia premises. Holding accreditation does not require you to attend the trial, but it does give you the right to park on the premises and to keep your mobile phone with you inside the Palace of Justice. To receive accreditation, contact your liaison at the Maisons de Justice. If you have any problems, you can also contact us.
Public transport (SNCB, STIB, TEC, DE LIJN) is free for victims attending the trial. You should be able to find information via the Maisons de Justice. If there are issues, do not hesitate to contact us.
From the Gare du Nord:
- By bus: line 272 direction Zaventem → stop Haren Bourget → 550 m walk
- By tram: STIB 55 direction Da Vinci → stop Da Vinci → 1.1 km walk
- By tram: STIB 55 direction Da Vinci → stop Da Vinci → STIB 62 direction Eurocontrole → stop Haren Bourget → 550 m walk
From Brussels Zaventem airport:
- By bus: STIB 12 direction Brussels City → stop Haren Bourget → 550 m walk
- By bus: De Lijn 471 direction Bruxelles Nord → stop Haren Bourget → 550 m walk
- By train: SNCB train IC Brussels Airport direction Namur-Dinant → stop Bordet → 1.1 km walk
- By train and bus: SNCB train IC Brussels Airport direction Namur-Dinant → stop Bordet → STIB 12 direction Brussels Airport → stop Haren Bourget → 550 m walk
From the Brussels Central Railway Station (Gare Centrale):
- By metro and train: STIB metro line 1 direction Stockel or line 5 direction Herrmann-Debroux → stop Schuman → SNCB train 3559 Enghien-Malines direction Mechelen → stop Bordet → 904 m walk
From the Brussels Midi Railway Station (Gare de Bruxelles-Midi):
- By train and bus: SNCB train IC direction Brussels Airport → stop Brussels Airport → STIB 12 direction Brussels City → stop Haren Bourget → 550 m.
- Luggage (suitcases and travel bags) are not permitted inside the Justitia. There will not be any luggage hold areas.
- Filming, photography and audio recording are prohibited at Justitia.
- Only accredited persons may keep their mobile phones with them, however they may not use them during the hearings. Non-accredited persons must leave their phones in the lockers at the building's entrance.
- Food and drink are not permitted on site. Food will be available for purchase, and there will also be the possibility to order lunch.
- Medication cannot be brought on site, except with a medical certificate.
An information brochure for victims has also been published and is available here.