The issue in this case was whether the parties expressly agreed for proceedings to be in English before the NCC Court in Summary Proceedings. Under Article 30r DCCP, Dutch is the language of the motion on this preliminary issue [an English version of the judgment is provided as a courtesy].
The Court finds that there is a valid NCC clause as agreed by the parties:
- Article 30r DCCP does not impose any requirement to the effect that an NCC clause is valid only if included in a document signed by the parties.
- The requirement of an “express” agreement is met where the parties’ agreement in favour of NCC is clearly stated, was made with knowledge of the clause and was not hidden in one party’s general terms and conditions.