The judges hearing applications for interim relief at the District Courts are competent to deal with applications for a declaration of enforceability, in accordance with Article 27(1) of the Regulation.
The District Court competent to hear an appeal against the decision on such an application, under Article 32(2), will be the court of the interim relief judge who ruled on the application. Information on the contact details of the District Courts can be found on the Council for the Judiciary's website: www.rechtspraak.nl.
The appeal procedure referred to in Article 33 is an appeal in cassation.
Appeals in cassation are heard by the highest court in the ordinary judiciary, the Supreme Court of the Netherlands (HogeRaad der Nederlanden). The aim of cassation is to preserve legal uniformity, to steer the development of law and to safeguard legal protection. Cassation can only consider points of law. The Supreme Court examines only whether the law, including the procedural rules, has been correctly applied. In matters of fact it is bound by what was established in the contested judgment. The parties in appeals in cassation are represented by a lawyer at the Supreme Court.
In application proceedings an application is submitted setting out the grounds for appeal. The defendant may lodge a statement of defence within three weeks (or a different period of time determined by the Supreme Court). If it is deemed advisable in the interests of the case, the lawyers may provide clarification. The Procurator General of the Supreme Court produces a written opinion, whereupon the Supreme Court issues its judgment.
An application for a review must be made on one of the grounds listed in Article 19 of the Regulation and within the time limits stipulated in that Article to the court that issued the decision. In the Netherlands this may be the District Court or the Court of Appeal.
The designated central authority is the Landelijk Bureau Inning Onderhoudsbijdragen (LBIO) (National Office for the Collection of Maintenance Payments).
The contact details of the LBIO are:
Marten Meesweg 109-111
P.O. Box 8901
3009 AX Rotterdam
Telephone: +31 (0)10 289 4895
Fax: +31(0)10 289 4882
Bailiffs are competent to execute decisions.
The contact details of the KoninklijkeBeroepsorganisatie van Gerechtsdeurwaarders (KBvG) (Royal Professional Organisation of Judicial Officers in The Netherlands) are:
2995 AM Den Haag
Telephone: +31 (0)70 890 3530
Fax: +31 (0)70 890 3531
The website lists the names and addresses of bailiffs' offices in the Netherlands.
No languages other than Dutch will be accepted for the translation of the documents referred to in Articles 20, 28 and 40.
The request or application form referred to in Article 59(1) must be completed in Dutch.
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