When Royal Decree 463/2020 of 14 March was published, declaring the State of Alarm for the management of the health crisis situation caused by COVID-19, in force since that same Saturday 14 March, and extended -for now- until 7 June, A strong doctrinal discussion followed on what would happen when the State of Alarm ceased with the procedural and substantive deadlines of expiration and prescription that were suspended in the aforementioned Royal Decree (DDAA 2nd, 3rd and 4th).
The answer can be found in Article 2 of RD Law 16/2020, of 28 April, on procedural and organizational measures to deal with the COVID-19 in the area of the Administration of Justice, which provides a solution that is diametrically opposed to that proposed by the General Council of the Judiciary, since it opts for a restart of the deadlines, duplicating them in some cases of appeals and establishing as dies a quo the following the rise of the State of Alarm or its extensions. It also allows for the 11th to 31st of August.
However, although the State of Alarm lasts until June 7, the day was specified in Royal Decree 537/2020, of May 22, which repealed the 2nd DDAA (suspension of procedural deadlines), 3rd (suspension of administrative deadlines) and 4th (suspension of substantive deadlines) of Royal Decree 463/2020, of March 14, raising the procedural and substantive deadlines on June 4 and the administrative deadlines on June 1. And applying RD Law 16/2020, the suspended procedural deadlines will be restarted on the following day, June 5 (art. 2.1 of RD Law 16/2020, April 28).
PALABRAS CLAVE Plazos, Estado de Alarma, Agosto, Dias hábiles, suspensión