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This is a print of a page on Rechtspraak.nl. Look for the most up-to-date information on Rechtspraak.nl (http://www.rechtspraak.nl). This page is printed on 01-01-1970.
Find general information about common judicial topics for EU citizens living in the Netherlands and the way to start the legal proceedings.
Dutch legal proceedings
The Netherlands Commercial Court (NCC) is a specialised court designed to meet the growing need for efficient dispute resolution of civil or commercial matters with an international aspect. Based in Amsterdam, the NCC operates under Dutch procedural law, which is highly regarded for its pragmatism and efficiency, while the working language of the NCC is English.
The judiciary finds itself in a rapidly internationalised legal order, both within the European Union and outside it. This demands a wide cross-border perspective with regard to judicial cooperation and international relations.
The Netherlands is divided into 11 districts, each with its own court. Each district court is made up of a maximum of 5 sectors, which always include the administrative law, civil law, criminal law and sub-district law sector.
The Council for the Judiciary (Raad voor de rechtspraak) is part of the judiciary system, but does not administer justice itself. It has taken over responsibility over a number of tasks from the Minister of Justice.