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Business law in the Netherlands

Legal Framework

Independence of Justice
Justice is free and independent.
Equal Treatment of Nationals and Foreigners
Foreigners can expect an impartial trial from the country’s judicial system.
The Language of Justice
Dutch and Frisian.
Recourse to an Interpreter
Yes, but no guidelines exist to ensure effective communication between judges, lawyers, and non Dutch / Frisian speaking defendants.
Sources of the Law and Legal Similarities
Based on the civil law system incorporating French penal theory. The Netherlands accepts compulsory ICJ jurisdiction but with reservations. Holland being a member of the European Union, the national law in the country has needs to comply with the conditions of the Community legislation.
Checking National Laws Online
All Dutch Laws (Only in Dutch)

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