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Trial with neighbourhood court in Escamp

Published: 3 October 2018Modified: 3 October 2018

The Hague Court of Law will start a trial together with the municipality using a neighbourhood court in the Escamp city district. Do you have a grievance with somebody from your neighbourhood and would you like to solve it? Register for the trial.

Residents often do not go to court when they are at odds with their neighbours. They do not see the use of it and think the legal fees are too high. As a result certain problems remain unsolved. The Council for the Judiciary (Raad voor de Rechtspraak) has asked Mayor Pauline Krikke to join a trial using a neighbourhood court. The neighbourhood court is responsible for giving a low-threshold ruling close to the residents. The trial meets the wishes of Minister Sander Dekker (Legal Protection) to experiment with neighbourhood courts in the Netherlands.

Living room talks

The trial with the neighbourhood court will work as follows:

  • Residents who have a grievance with each other will visit a consultation hour. This will be a sort of informal talk in a neighbourhood building, district office or neighbourhood centre.
  • During this talk they will examine whether they can agree on steps towards solving their problem.
  • A court clerk will be present during the talk. It is not necessary for a lawyer to be present at the talk.
  • If it is not possible to reach any agreements, the court will give a ruling.

Apply

Do you have a grievance with your neighbours or another neighbourhood resident and would you like to solve it? Take part in the trial. The cost is € 39.50.

You can register on the website of the Raad van de Rechtspraak. Here you can find the conditions for participation and an application form.

The trial with the neighbourhood court in the Escamp city district lasts until January 2019.

Escamp city district
Escamp city district