Civil procedure


Minister of Justice wants to enforce written procedure during lockdown

Minister of Justice wants to enforce written procedure during lockdown
31/03/2020

In Belgium, the Minister of Justice, Koen Geens, has proposed a draft Royal Decree aimed at generalising the written procedure for all disputes currently pending before the Belgian courts.

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Jurisprudence lue pour vous : quid des preuves obtenues irrégulièrement ?

Jurisprudence lue pour vous : quid des preuves obtenues irrégulièrement ?
18/02/2020

En application de la jurisprudence Antigone, des preuves irrégulières peuvent être prises en compte par le juge pour autant qu'elles sanctionnent un comportement constitutif d'une infraction pénale. Qu'en est-il en matière civile ?

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The new law of evidence: what does it mean for your company?

The new law of evidence: what does it mean for your company?
27/12/2019

The new evidence legislation will come into effect on 1 November 2020. This may seem like a long way off, but it's interesting to be aware of the best way to manage your evidence and to what you will have to lend attention in specific cases. Be careful! This may mean the difference between knowing you are right and being told you are right.

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Pleidooi voor meer realistische dwangsommen, omdat het kan

Pleidooi voor meer realistische dwangsommen, omdat het kan
26/12/2018

De essentie van de dwangsom is om er voor te zorgen dat een veroordeling wordt nageleefd. In de pers verschijnen schrijnende verhalen waarbij de dwangsom is opgelopen in de honderdduizenden euro’s

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Cross-Border Debt Recovery: Parliament Implements European Account Preservation Order Procedure

Cross-Border Debt Recovery: Parliament Implements European Account Preservation Order Procedure
19/10/2018

On 7 June 2018, the Chamber of Representatives adopted the Law to promote alternative dispute resolution mechanisms (the "Law") (Wet houdende diverse bepalingen inzake burgerlijk recht en houdende wijziging van het Gerechtelijk Wetboek met het oog op de bevordering van alternatieve vormen van geschillenoplossing/Loi portant dispositions diverses en matière de droit civil et portant modification du Code judiciaire

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Advies van de Gegevensbeschermingsautoriteit over het DPA-platform en e-deposit voor advocaten

Advies van de Gegevensbeschermingsautoriteit over het DPA-platform en e-deposit voor advocaten
02/10/2018

Advocaten kunnen (vreemd genoeg nog maar) sinds enige tijd elektronisch comuniceren met de rechtbanken voor neerlegging van procedurestukken.  In het kader van de toepassing van de nieuwe GDPR/AVG regels stelde zich daarbij de vraag naar GDPR compliance van het DPA-platform.  De Gegevensbeschermingsautoriteit brengt nu verduidelijking.

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Cresco blog – The Brussels International Business Court (BIBC): a new forum for international commercial dispute resolution

Cresco blog – The Brussels International Business Court (BIBC): a new forum for international commercial dispute resolution
18/01/2018

The recovery of international commercial debts, nor the resolution of international (commercial) disputes has ever been easy, but with the Brexit approaching (probably rendering the access to British courts more difficult) and the insecurity of its implementation, the need for an international commercial court is imminent.

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New “anti-squatting” Act aims at protecting owners more effectively in civil matters

New “anti-squatting” Act aims at protecting owners more effectively in civil matters
21/11/2017

On November 16, 2017 the new Belgian “anti-squatting” Act will come into force. This Act offers the holder of a right or title to an immovable property more possibilities to take faster and more effective action against squatters. This Act also refers to business premises, houseboats and caravans. 

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Mrs. Catherine Longeval

Challenging Judgments by Default: New Law Brings Limitation
03/11/2017

On 24 July 2017, the Belgian Official Journal published a law that once more provides for various changes to Belgium's judicial system (Wet van 6 juli 2017 houdende vereenvoudiging, harmonisering, informatisering en modernisering van bepalingen van burgerlijk recht en van burgerlijk procesrecht alsook van het notariaat, en houdende diverse bepalingen inzake justitie/Loi du 6 juillet 2017 portant simplification, harmonisation, informatisation et modernisation de dispositions de droit civil et de procédure civile ainsi que du notariat, et portant diverses mesures en matière de justice) (the "Law Pot-Pourri V").

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Soon an English international business court in Brussels?

Soon an English international business court in Brussels?
31/10/2017

A few days ago, the Belgian media have revealed that Brussels should soon have an Anglophone court called “Brussels International Business Court” (hereafter: “BIBC”). The BIBC is the result of a joint initiative of the Belgian Prime Minister’s office (Charles Michel) and the Belgian Justice Minister’s office (Koen Geens), which have recently presented an inter office preliminary draft bill. 

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