Increasing the small limit to 25,000 euros

Increasing the small limit to 25,000 euros

Interim report on the evaluation study (full text only available in Dutch)


Small commercial disputes in the Dutch court system are handled by ‘canton’ judges. Over the last decade, the jurisdiction of these canton judges has in-creased. Recently, on 1 July 2011, commercial civil disputes with a financial value of between 5,000 and 25,000 euros were added to the competence of canton judges. Before that date, these cases were handled by the civil sections of the dis-trict courts.
In the empirical research to evaluate the measure of 1 July 2011, various aspects are taken into account. These include the way cases are handled; the choices that parties make regarding representation and how they feel about the quality of the representation they receive; the number of cases that are brought to court; and possible effects in the market of legal representation. The study consists of a pre-measurement (which looks at the original situation in which cases were handled by the district courts and legal representation by a lawyer was compulsory) and an after-measurement (aimed at the new situation).

Publication data

Eshuis, R.J.J., Dalm, S.J.P.J., Jong, P.O. de
Place of publication:
The Hague
Year of publication:
Cahiers 2014-01

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