Since 1903, the Dutch Administrative High Court has been the court of appeal for a part of the administrative disputes and adjudicates cases governed by the General Administrative Law Act (Algemene wet bestuursrecht). Specifically issues involving social security, social assistance and civil-servants law. This High Court is also the court of first and sole instance for enforcement disputes ensuing from victims of war and persecution legislation.
Court judgments on social security and public servants law issues can thus be appealed before the Administrative High Court.
The Administrative High Court’s executive board consists of a president (chairman), a judge as member and a director of operations. The board is responsible for overall policy and the management of the organization as a whole.
The High Court is organized into a division, a Management Office, a Board Support Office and a Research Office.
The Administrative High Court division contains Chambers that hear disputes on decrees adopted by virtue of legislation covering:
- sickness and maternity benefits;
- invalidity benefits;
- old-age benefits;
- survivor’s benefits;
- death grants;
- unemployment benefits;
- family benefits;
- social assistance;
- civil servants;
- benefits for victims of war.
The division is chaired by a division chairman. The division is staffed by officers of the court (Justices and judge’s assistants) and court support staff i.e. legal and administrative personnel.
The High Court has three support offices:
- Management Office
- Board Support Office
- Research Office
The Management Office and the Board Support Office support the board and the organization. The director of operations, who has a seat on the Executive Board, is responsible for both Offices.
The Research Office comprises a Research department and a Library, Information and Documentation department. Research Office staff do research for and provide support to internal High Court commissions such as the Administrative Law and Procedural Administrative Law commission. These commissions advise on general subjects affecting the High Court overall. Duties of the Library, Information and Documentation department staff include maintaining and managing a database of key rulings of the High Court. This department is also responsible for publishing these rulings on Rechtspraak.nl and for internal documentation distribution.