This report was written at the request of the Council for the Judiciary that, since its establishment in 2002, has primary responsibility for the organisation and financing of the Dutch judiciary. The report therefore primarily focuses on the consequences of the ‘Europeanisation’ process of in particular, Dutch law for the organisation of the Dutch judiciary.
The report first discusses the developments in EU law which are relevant to all three branches of the Dutch judiciary (civil, administrative and criminal). These developments are referred to as the horizontal dimension of the Europeanisation process of Dutch law. Subsequently, the vertical dimension - the main developments in EU law that are of specific importance to each of the three branches - are discussed separately. In the conclusions, the threads are brought together in order to assess what the major European developments in the years to come will be, and in what possible ways these developments could influence the organisation of the Dutch judiciary.