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

Posted: 8 Feb 2010

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Nuno Garoupa

George Mason University - Antonin Scalia Law School, Faculty

Natalia Jorgensen

Foundation for Applied Economic Research (FEDEA)

Pablo Vazquez

Foundation for Applied Economic Research (FEDEA)

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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 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 Garoupa (Contact Author)

George Mason University - Antonin Scalia Law School, Faculty ( email )

3301 Fairfax Drive
Arlington, VA 22201
United States

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

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