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Title: Relief in Small and Simple Matters in Belgium
Authors: VOET, Stefaan 
Issue Date: 2015
Source: Erasmus Law Review, 2015(4), p. 147-158
Abstract: This article is based on a national report that was written for the XVth World Congress of the International Association of Procedural Law that was held in Istanbul in May 2015 and that focused on Effective Judicial Relief and Remedies in an Age of Austerity. It first of all sketches the general judicial context in Belgium and some of its relevant features: the judicial organisation, the goals of the civil justice system, the course of an ordinary civil lawsuit, the role of the court, and the litigation costs. Next, a detailed and critical overview of the current and future procedures that offer relief in small and simple matters is given. The current summary order for payment procedure, which was introduced in 1967, did not meet its goals. The article concludes that a new trend is emerging in Belgium, namely keeping small and unchallenged claims outside the judiciary and providing for cheaper and more efficient alternatives.
Keywords: Belgium; small matters; simple matters; recovery of unchallenged claims; summary order for payment
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ISSN: 2210-2671
DOI: 10.5553/ELR.000040
Category: A1
Type: Journal Contribution
Validations: vabb 2020
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