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National case law


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Case law made available on a website

Presentation of decisions / Headline

The headline is called an ‘indication of content’, and may consist of a head note (one sentence), a short or long summary, some keywords, a paragraph summarising the law the case is about, or a literal citation of the most important dictum of the decision.

Example of headline/s

Law applicable to renting: cancellation of the rental contract of an office space (Huurrecht; ontbinding van huurovereenkomst kantoorruimte (81 RO).


Case law is available on the website in HTML format. Professional (re-)users can download it in XML.

Courts concerned

Judgements of all courts can be found on the website using the Search facility, Dutch judiciary and the Supreme Court of the Netherlands. These are:

  • Supreme Court (Hoge Raad der Nederlanden)
  • The Administrative Jurisdiction Division of the Council of State (Afdeling Bestuursrechtspraak van de Raad van State)
  • Central Appeals Tribunal (Centrale Raad van Beroep)
  • Trade and Industry Appeals Tribunal (College van Beroep voor het bedrijfsleven)
  • Four courts of appeal (Gerechtshoven)
  • 11 district courts (Rechtbanken)

Further proceedings

Supreme Courts

Other courts

Is information available

– as to appeals?



– as to whether a case is still pending?



– as to the result of appeals?



– as to the irrevocability of the decision?



– as to further proceedings before

– another internal court (Constitutional Court…)?

– the European Court of Justice?

– the Court of Human Rights?



Publication rules

The courts themselves have developed two guidelines on the publication of case law. One guideline is on anonymisation (removing personal details), and the other one on selection.

This guideline is based on recommendation R (95) 11 'Concerning the selection, processing, presentation and archiving of court decisions in legal information retrieval systems' of the Council of Europe: the highest jurisdictions publish all cases, unless they are clearly not of legal or societal interest, but other courts only publish those cases that are of clear legal or societal interest.


Search facility, Dutch judiciary and the Supreme Court of the Netherlands

Last update: 09/02/2016

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