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1 Changes in the Dutch judicial system
Dr. Pim Albers Ministry of Justice

2 The current judicial structure
Supreme Court Court of Appeal (5) District courts (19)

3 The structure of a district court

4 Pressure on the organisation
Technological and economic progress Development of crime Increasing numbers of claims Internationalisation of law Growing interest of politicians and media

5 The Leemhuis-commission (1998)
Need for strengthening of the independence of the judiciary Introduction of a Judicial Council Introduction of integral management in the courts Integration of municipal courts into district courts Increase of financial resources for the judiciary (structural increase of the budget with 136 million euros and incidental increase of the budget with 77 million euro

6 Implementation of ‘Leemhuis’: ‘The judicial organisation 21st century’
Tailored jurisdiction (rechtspraak op maat) Accessibility Unity of law Timeliness External orientation

7 Activities Departmental projects (including a legislative programme: drafting of the Law on the Judicial Council and the modification of the Law on the Organisation and Management of Courts) pVRO (Reinforcement Judicial Organisation Programme)

8 Budget for the reform PVRO: 19 million €
1999 2000 2001 2002 14 million € 28 million € 41 million € 59 million € PVRO: 19 million € Capacity investment: 52 million € ADR-projects: 9 million €

9 Departmental projects
Project Judicial Council Project departmental tasks administration of Justice Legislative programme: drafting Law on the judicial council and changing the Law on the Organisation and Management of Courts

10 Project Judicial Council

11 Project departmental tasks administration of Justice

12 pVRO Introduction of modern management
Unification of processing rules (civil cases, administrative cases and divorce) Internet-project Project Personnel policy Project Quality Project work procedures Project complaints, etc.

13 Ministerial responsibility (after 1 January 2002)
Proper conditions for the functioning of the judicial system (budget and legislation) Supervision on the Judicial Council Budget (and control) responsibility for the Supreme Court Policy formulation regarding ADR

14 Current developments in society and in the justice area
Increase influx of civil cases Growing investment in judges and staff Decrease of economic development ‘budget cuts’ in the public budget

15 Influx of civil cases

16 Court capacity

17 Budget-cycle Judicial Council prepares annual plan and budget proposal
Ministry of Justice is responsible for reviewing the plan and the budget proposal After acceptance of the budget proposal and annual plan the budget proposal of the judiciary is integrated in the budget proposal of the Ministry of Justice The budget proposal of the Ministry of Justice (and the other departments) are presented in September each year for approval of the Parliament

18 New policies (1) Central role of the responsibility of the citizen for ‘solving’ their own disputes Stimulation of ADR (arbitration, mediation and other forms of dispute resolution) More responsibilities for the public prosecutor to handle cases (simple criminal offences) without the intervention of the judge

19 New policies (2) Stimulation of co-operation between courts for an efficient allocation of cases Change of the location policy of courts Changes in the criminal process law, administrative process law and civil process law to increase efficiency of justice Reduction of non-judicial tasks Introduction of a new model for financing the judiciary

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