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7th annual Civil Justice Council National Forum on access to justice for those without means

On invitation Jos Hoevenaars attended the 7th annual Civil Justice Council National Forum on access to justice for those without means taking place in London on 7 December 2018. The full day forum brought together members from across the British advice and pro bono sector, courts and tribunals, government, the legal profession, universities (UK and abroad), charities, foundations and institutions to discuss the current state of the legal aid sector in the jurisdictions of the United Kingdom. The day saw some 20 different speakers as well as several in-depth breakout session in which divergent subjects such as funding, technology, the need for data collection and analysis, and the intersection between legal needs and mental health were discussed among the over 200 participants in more detail.

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Published: March 15, 2018

On 8 March, the bill on the establishment of the Netherlands Commercial Court (NCC) was passed by the House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer). The bill is now scheduled for rubber-stamping by the Senate (Eerste Kamer) on 27 March 2018. The NCC is expected to open its doors on 1 July 2018 or shortly after. Xandra Kramer, Erlis Themeli and Georgia Antonopoulou prepared a short post (and update) for conflictoflaws.net, which has also been published on the website on European Civil Procedure. The establishment of the NCC is particularly important for the subproject Court Specialization, which is conducted by Georgia Antonopoulou.