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Frans van der DOELEN

Programme Manager

Department of the Justice System

Ministry of Justice

Postbox 20301
2500 EH DEN HAAG
+31 70 370 73 35
 f.van.der.doelen@minvenj.nl

 
Sandra Kalidien
Researcher
Ministry of Security and Justice
Research and Documentation Centre
Statistical Data and Policy Analysis Division (SIBa)
Postbus 20301
PO Box 20301
2500 EH The HAGUE
s.n.kalidien@minjus.nl
     
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Recent developments in the judicial field

The Roadmap to Justice website (presentation at the CEPEJ 22th plenary meeting)
- presentation by and discussion with Peter vd Biggelaar, Director of the Legal Aid Board in the Netherlands
- movie

In 2013 the reform of the judicial map is realised. In order to improve the quality, the number of first instance courts is reduced from 19 to 11. Priorities to be realised in the next years are:
- simplification and digitalisation of all civil and administrative proceedings;
- reform of the legal aid system, of which expenditures are not in control;
- adjusting court fees, especially an increase for commercial cases with a large financial interest, administrative cases and appeal cases.

Judicial map: in summer 2011 a draft of a bill is sent to parliament in which the number of first instance courts will be reduced from 18 to 10 courts (June 2011)
Court fees: a draft of a bill introducing cost covering court fees at July 2012 will be sent to Parliament in september 2011 (June 2011)
As a result of the Salduz-arrest measures will be implemented in order to arrange that a lawyer will be able to be present at police interrogations (June 2011)

"The Dutch judicial system in a European perspective" - presentation made at the CEPEJ plenary meeting on 9 December 2010 by Dr Frans van der DOELEN, Programme Manager, Department of the Justice System, Ministry of Justice, The Netherlands, Member of the CEPEJ-GT-EVAL

"How fast can you divorce in Europe" - presentation of the analysis from Dr Ter Voert made at the CEPEJ plenary meeting on 9 December 2010 by Dr Frans van der DOELEN, Programme Manager, Department of the Justice System, Ministry of Justice, The Netherlands, Member of the CEPEJ-GT-EVAL

Special distinction awarded at the Crystal Scales of Justice in Brussels in June 2009 on the occasion of the Justice Forum for the project European Criminal Law and Humanitarian Rights Chamber by the General Public Prosecutor's Office of the Amsterdam District Court, Criminal Law Department

The independent commission for the evaluation of the justice system is due to publish its report on 11 December; it has studied the CEPEJ’s report. A debate is under way on the possibility of introducing lay judges.

Organisational chart of the system of justice