Financing the Judiciary in the Netherlands: Between Work Overload in the Courts and Government Control of the Judicial Budget
2 Pages Posted: 7 Jun 2019
Date Written: February 7, 2019
The Netherlands has a well-balanced but complicated system for financing the judicial functions of government. Judicial appropriations are determined by the collective production of the ordinary courts, the Central Appeal Board, and the Trade and Industry Appeals Tribunal. Different formula rates are applied to each jurisdiction. For example, Plural Judge Panel cases deliver far more money than cases that are decided by a single judge. Below, I argue why, from a constitutional perspective, the appropriations process for funding the Dutch judiciary has undesirable consequences for the functioning of judges and courts.
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