Institutional Judicial Reform Experiences in Belgium: New Bodies Governing the Judiciary
19 Pages Posted: 24 May 2013
Date Written: May 23, 2013
In February 2013, the Ministry of Justice of Luxembourg proposed a major reform of the judicial system. One of the proposals is to create a National Justice Council, after the example of the Belgian High Council of Justice. This paper gives an overview of the recent institutional judicial reforms in Belgium by analysing the new bodies governing the Judiciary: the High Council of Justice, the Belgian Judicial Training Institute, the Advisory Council for Magistrates, The Commission for the Modernisation of the Judiciary, the General Council of the Partners of the Judiciary and the forthcoming Disciplinary Courts. Each time the composition and competences of the body concerned are discussed. The conclusion is that there is a profusion of bodies with different, sometimes overlapping, competences leading to an overflow of advices.
Keywords: Belgium, Institutions, Judicial Reform, Judiciary
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