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Ordinary courts - Netherlands

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This section provides you with information on the organisation of ordinary courts in the Netherlands.

Ordinary courts

The following are the names of the courts in the Netherlands:

  • District court (Rechtbank): first instance for all civil and criminal cases
  • Court of Appeal (Gerechtshof): appeal for all civil and criminal cases
  • Supreme Court (Hoge Raad): supreme court for all civil and criminal cases

Legal databases

Information can be found on the website dedicated to Link opens in new windowthe judiciary system in the Netherlands.

Is access to the database free of charge?

Yes, access is free of charge.

Related Links

Link opens in new windowDutch Judiciary and the Supreme Court of the Netherlands

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Last update: 29/11/2012