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Priority Preliminary rulings on the issue of constitutionality

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An "application for a priority preliminary ruling on the issue of constitutionality" is the right for any person who is involved in legal proceedings before a court to argue that a statutory provision infringes rights and freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution.

Once conditions of admissibility have been complied with, the Constitutional Council, to whom the application will have been referred by the Conseil d'Etat or the Cour de cassation, will give its ruling and, if need be, repeal the challenged statutory provision.

The application for a priority preliminary ruling on the issue of constitutionality was introduced under the constitutional reform of July 23rd 2008.

Prior to this reform, it was impossible to challenge the constitutionality of a statute which had come into force. From now on, persons involved in legal proceedings will be vested with this new right under Article 61-1 of the Constitution.

Decisions of the Constitutional Council QPC

The texts

Other texts :

12 questions to begin for

To have a closer look

Doctrinal references (in french)

Provisions held to be constitutional (in french)

Tableaux des dispositions déclarées conformes à la Constitution dans les motifs et le dispositif d'une décision du Conseil constitutionnel

- Avertissement
- Tableau trié par code ou loi autonome
- Tableau trié par décision du Conseil constitutionnel
- Exemple : code de l'entrée et du séjour des étrangers et du droit d'asile au 1er mars 2010

Cases pending (in french)

- QPC, Cases pending