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Title: Relief in Small and Simple Matters in Belgium
Authors: Voet, Stefaan
Issue Date: 2015
Citation: Erasmus Law Review, 2015(4), p. 147-158
Abstract: This article is based on a national report that was written for the XVth World Congress of the International Association of Procedural Law that was held in Istanbul in May 2015 and that focused on Effective Judicial Relief and Remedies in an Age of Austerity. It first of all sketches the general judicial context in Belgium and some of its relevant features: the judicial organisation, the goals of the civil justice system, the course of an ordinary civil lawsuit, the role of the court, and the litigation costs. Next, a detailed and critical overview of the current and future procedures that offer relief in small and simple matters is given. The current summary order for payment procedure, which was introduced in 1967, did not meet its goals. The article concludes that a new trend is emerging in Belgium, namely keeping small and unchallenged claims outside the judiciary and providing for cheaper and more efficient alternatives.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1942/23829
DOI: 10.5553/ELR.000040
ISSN: 2210-2671
Category: A1
Type: Journal Contribution
Appears in Collections: Research publications

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