Judicial backlog builds up once again
19 November 2007, BRUSSELS - The judicial backlog is once again growing at the courts of appeals. The situation is especially problematic in the cities of Brussels and Ghent.
19 November 2007
BRUSSELS - The judicial backlog is once again growing at the courts of appeals. The situation is especially problematic in the cities of Brussels and Ghent.
The backlog that had built up during the 1980s and '90s at the Appeals Court of Brussels had been reduced by half over the past five years. This was the situation until a few months ago. Now the trend has reversed. The backlog is building up once again and lawyers have to wait a long time before their cases come up in court. There is currently a two year waiting period for cases. In April of this year the wait was only 16 months.
According to the Brussels press councillor, Guy Delvoie, the build up is the consequence of a new law. The law, which came into effect on 1 September, was supposed to do the exact opposite- the aim was to alleviate the backlog.
The law stipulates the procedures to be followed by the courts of appeals. According to Delvoie the law has made the procedures too rigid to follow and the result is that it is now taking longer to go through the backlog of cases.
Contrary to the appeals courts in Brussels and Ghent, the Antwerp Appeals Court does not have a problem with a growing backlog.
[Copyright Flanders news 2007]
Subject: Belgian news