How can I start civil proceedings in the Netherlands?

Civil proceedings usually start with a writ of summons in which you set out your claim. The court will grant the defendant a fixed period of time for submitting a statement of defence. After several procedural issues have taken place, the court will render its verdict.

Apart from lawsuits starting with a writ of summons, many specific proceedings (for instance regarding labour disputes) start with an application. After the respondent has submitted his written reply to the application, the court will hear both parties and render a court order. We can of course help you to start and support you in legal proceedings.

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