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The Netherlands have implemented the EC-Directive in the existing Act on Legal Aid. This is done by Act of 19 february 2005 (Stb. 2005, 90) PDF (28 Kb) en, which has come into force on 2 march 2005. Since that date, new articles 23a - 23k provide for legal aid in cross-border European cases. Of course this was already possible from the earlier moment the Directive had to be implemented in the Dutch legal system: 30 november 2004.


The search tool below will help you to identify court(s)/authority(ies) competent for a specific European legal instrument. Please note that although every effort has been made to ascertain the accuracy of the results, there may be some exceptional cases concerning the determination of competence that are not necessarily covered.


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Article 14(2), first indent - Names and addresses of the competent receiving or transmitting authorities

Click on the below link to view all competent authorities related to this Article.
List of competent authorities

Article 14(2), second indent - Receiving and transmitting authorities' geographical areas of jurisdiction

In strictly Dutch cases, this Council only has jurisdiction in the western part of The Netherlands. But in cross-border ("European") cases, the The Hague Council has central jurisdiction for the whole country.

Article 14(2), third indent - Available methods of receiving applications

Applications can be done by fax or by normal postal means. Our The Hague Council not only accepts requests done by E-mail (which often happen to be incomplete).

Article 14(2), fourth indent - Languages that may be used for completion of the application

Languages for the application are Dutch and English. Also done in the French or German language.

Last update: 16/05/2022

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