Assessing the Argument for Specialized Courts: Evidence from Family Courts in Spain

Posted: 8 Feb 2010  

Nuno M. Garoupa

Texas A&M University School of Law; Catholic University of Portugal (UCP) - Católica Global School of Law

Natalia Jorgensen

Foundation for Applied Economic Research (FEDEA)

Pablo Vazquez

Foundation for Applied Economic Research (FEDEA)

Multiple version iconThere are 2 versions of this paper

Date Written: April 2010

Abstract

Specialized courts have become a key component of the legal reform packages implemented in civil law countries, particularly, in the area of family law. One argument for this policy is that they are able to reach a decision faster than the regular courts, which are normally congested. We use data from a survey of Spanish family courts in the region of Madrid to test this claim. After controlling for other relevant variables, the econometric results did not provide strong support for specialized courts.

Suggested Citation

Garoupa, Nuno M. and Jorgensen, Natalia and Vazquez, Pablo, Assessing the Argument for Specialized Courts: Evidence from Family Courts in Spain (April 2010). International Journal of Law, Policy and the Family, Vol. 24, Issue 1, pp. 54-66, 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1548291 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/lawfam/ebp012

Nuno M. Garoupa (Contact Author)

Texas A&M University School of Law ( email )

1515 Commerce St.
Fort Worth, TX 76102
United States

Catholic University of Portugal (UCP) - Católica Global School of Law ( email )

Lisboa
Portugal

Natalia Jorgensen

Foundation for Applied Economic Research (FEDEA) ( email )

Jorge Juan 46
Madrid, 28001
Spain

Pablo Vazquez

Foundation for Applied Economic Research (FEDEA) ( email )

Spain

Paper statistics

Abstract Views
717