Alexandria Criminal court has decided not to examine the case of protesters killed during the 25 January 2011 revolution.
The court hall descended into chaos on Sunday when the families of the dead and injured chanted against the court panel and the Ministry of Interior, reported state news agency MENA.
The families suspected that the panel, headed by judge Mohamed Hammad Abdel Hady, was trying to separate the civil lawsuit from the criminal one, which stops them from proceeding with their arguments.
Clashes took place between the central security forces securing the hall and the civil right claimants.
The court panel had moved to the deliberation room when the usher came out to tell the attendees that the panel had stepped down.
The panel referred the case to the Court of Appeal to be assigned to another criminal department.
Clashes had erupted on Saturday in front of the court in Al-Mansheyya Al-Bahareya area in Alexandria, between the families of dead protesters and security forces.
Security forces tried to prevent the families from demonstrating in front of the court; three protesters were detained and Al-Ahram reported two injuries.
Among the defendants are Alexandria former Security Chief Major General Mohamed Ibrahim, former Chief of Central Security department Major General Adel El-Laqany along with four other officers.
Dozens of protesters are still surrounding the court; they have demonstrated outside every session of the court case that has been going on for months.