Netherlands Commercial Court (NCC)

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Launching soon: Netherlands Commercial Court (NCC)

The Netherlands Commercial Court (NCC District Court and NCC Court of Appeal) is well positioned to swiftly and effectively resolve international business disputes. The NCC District Court and NCC Court of Appeal will be based in Amsterdam at the Palace of Justice, which is also home to the Amsterdam Court of Appeal. The NCC District Court and the NCC Court of Appeal will use Dutch procedure, which is highly regarded for its pragmatic approach and efficient operation. All work will be in English.

NNC gebouw AmsterdamNetherlands Commercial Court in Amsterdam


The NCC is situated in the ordinary Amsterdam courts. The judges and legal staff will be drawn from a nationwide pool of experienced specialists. The NCC District Court will be a chamber in the Amsterdam District Court and will have a Court in Summary Proceedings (CSP), which will deal with certain matters requiring an expedited procedure and decision, such as interim measures. The NCC Court of Appeal will be a chamber in the Amsterdam Court of Appeal. NCC Court of Appeal judgments may be appealed to the Supreme Court.


Features and benefits

The NCC is built on a solid foundation: the reputation of the Dutch judiciary, which is ranked among the most efficient, reliable and transparent worldwide. And the Netherlands – and Amsterdam in particular – are a prime location for business, and a gateway to Europe.

Proceedings will be in English. Judgments will be in English. The NCC Rules, in authentic English and Dutch versions (, outline the main procedure and practice rules and reflect global best practices (such as the IBA Rules) and many Civil Procedure Code provisions, to create a baseline that judges, lawyers and parties can easily refer to. eNCC, an electronic communication system, will be a web portal with secure access through the NCC site (, allowing Dutch counsel to initiate an action, check the status and scheduled next steps, and submit and download documents.

As a result, the NCC has the tools to communicate effectively and provide swift and firm guidance in complex litigation. NCC court fees are fixed, upfront charges that are not linked to the particulars of the matter.

Current status

On 11 December 2018 the Dutch Senate voted to create the Netherlands Commercial Court (NCC District Court and NCC Court of Appeal) as part of the Amsterdam courts. The NCC legislative process is now close to completion. The final step is for the Minister of Justice and Security to issue a decree for the NCC legislation to enter into force. A decision is expected soon.


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