Courts in the Netherlands are relatively easily accessible by the public nowadays – by car, public transport or via the internet. In that sense, less court locations are needed. In order to continue meeting the current requirement for effectiveness and quality, members of the Judiciary must join forces and merge together specific areas of jurisdiction. This involves reducing the number, but increasing the size, of courts of law, which must handle a sufficient number of cases and have access to the people and other resources needed to continue ensuring the quality of the Judiciary in the future. Economies of scale have increased opportunities for the courts to organise their business more effectively: court cases can be handled sooner and be divided more efficiently among staff, and courts are better able to deal with workforce changes and employee illnesses. By reorganising the legal map, the Judiciary guarantees expertise and creates opportunities to develop and further enhance specialisations. Under the new administrative model, the number of managers has been reduced dramatically, and administration and management have been separated. The 3-member boards will focus completely on administrative matters. The various teams will be headed by managers. Read more about the backgrounds of the reorganisation in Reform of the Judicial Map: Quality through cooperation (pdf, 77.9 KB), F.W.H. van den Emster, F. van Dijk, E. van Amelsfort-van der Kam, Trema, April 2011.