Legal System of Belgium

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HomeBrud.gifLegal System of Belgium

The Legal System of Belgium is very similar to that of neighboring France. Belgium adopted the Napoleonic code which governs French society. Belgian law also derives from the Constitution of Belgium and the European Convention on Human Rights.

Judiciary and Court System

The default / normal courts are divided into three type:

  • 5 judicial areas (Antwerp, Ghent, Brussels, Mons and Liege)
  • 27 judicial arrondissements
  • 225 judicial cantons

Court of Cassation

The Court of Cassation of Belgium is the court of last resort in the country. It was originally modelled after the French Cour de cassation. Cases to this court comes in the form of appeals only and the court can annul the judgement or confirm it but cannot examine the case and make a new judgement.