Increasing the small limit to 25,000 euros
Interim report on the evaluation study (full text only available in Dutch)
- Eshuis, R.J.J., Dalm, S.J.P.J., Jong, P.O. de
- Place of publication:
- The Hague
- Year of publication:
- Cahiers 2014-01
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).
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