The Netherlands are a small country, but they have many laws. In handling them, Dutch lawyers tend to be pragmatic: they use them to solve problems, not to create additional ones. If they do create problems, they try to find a way around them. If must be, they ignore them. Only if even that meets with resistance, they change them. Because of its non-legalistic learnings, Dutch legal culture favoured a pragmatic public administration, a mild penal climate and an informal civil justice.This book contains a 'journey' through selected aspects of Dutch legal culture which is presented by comparing, the Court System, the Legal Profession, Informal Justice in Civil Courts, Criminal Policy and a very Dutch legal term 'beleid'.
Part 1 Dutch legal culture compared: law in action on a small scale; comparing the legal cultures of the Netherlands and Germany; supply side of legal culture; legal politics; summary - the concept of legal culture. Part 2 The court system: civil and criminal courts; the long way to comprehensive judicial review; "ombuds" institutions. Part 3 The legal profession: jurists - their work and training; judges; judges in the High Court; attorneys and notaries; social advocacy; "mega law" firms; competition among legal services. Part 4 Informal justice in Civil Courts: two models of civil justice; Kadi justice; summary proceedings in Amsterdam. Part 5 Criminal policy: contrasts in criminal policy; the pedagogical model in criminal justice; the end of tolerance; public opinion and criminal policy. Part 6 "Beleid" - a very Dutch legal term: going Dutch on crimes without victims; the Dutch welfare state in crisis; soft law. Part 7 Dutch legal culture in transition.