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Improvements of Judicial Systems: European Experiences


Pim Albers


A proper function of courts is to positively influence the economic development of societies. Companies or enterprises are best served when courts function in a fast, fair and affordable manner. However, courts exist not only for the sake of companies, but to bring justice to citizens in accordance with the rule of law. I will focus little attention on the difficulties associated with defining the concept of rule of law. However, it is important to emphasize that developed societies must respect the rule of law. They do so by ensuring an independent judiciary, an impartial court system, a degree of separation of powers between the executive, legislative and the judicial powers of government, and the right to a fair trial. In the greater European community, these essential conditions are set forth in article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights which states that: “(…) everyone is entitled to a fair and public hearing within reasonable time by an independent and impartial tribunal established by law
How to Cite: Albers, P., 2008. Improvements of Judicial Systems: European Experiences. International Journal for Court Administration, 1(1), pp.45–57. DOI:
Published on 15 Jan 2008.


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