A sense of crisis in the administration of civil justice is present in many countries. Delays and high costs render access to the civil courts either useless or prohibitively expensive or both. The crisis takes different forms. In some jurisdictions the problems lie in high and unpredictable costs but in others there are overcrowded courts and exorbitant delays. Those interested in civil justice will be familiar with their own system but they
will seldom have knowledge of other systems and these essays, written by leading experts in the field, survey different systems of civil justice from other jurisdictions. An understanding of other systems will enrich the reform discussions in which each country by drawing attention to common
problems, to their roots, to the solutions tried and, above all, to the consequences (for better or for worse) of reform. Civil Justice in Crisis shows that we can learn from others' success but that we may find their failures even more instructive.
`This collection of information about the operation of civil justice systmes in thirteen countries makes the book an important resource for anyone concerned about access to justice, cost and delay, who is interested in civel procedural reform...a book of immense practical value.'
Annette Marfording UNSW Law Journal 384-393
Part I: Parameters of Civil Justice
Adrian A S Zuckerman: `The Dimensions of Civil Justice'
John Leubsdorf: `The Myth of Civil Procedure Reform'
Part II: Common Law Countries
Richard L Marcus: USA
Paul Michalik: England
The Hon Justice Geoffrey Davies: Australia
Part III: Civil Law Countries
Peter Gottwald: Germany
Yukiko Hasebe: Japan
Sergio Chiarloni: Italy
Loïc Cadiet: France
Sergio Bermudes: Brazil
K D Kerameus and Stelios Koussoulis: Greece
Ignacio Díez-Picazo Giménez: Spain
Maria Manuel Leitão Marques, Conceição Gomes, and João Pedroso: Portugal
Erhard Blankenburg: The Netherlands
Number Of Pages: 496
Published: 1st December 1999
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.2 x 16.2
Weight (kg): 0.82