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Civil Justice in CrisisComparative Perspectives of Civil Procedure$
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Adrian Zuckerman

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198298335

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198298335.001.0001

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Civil Justice Reform: Access, Cost, and Delay. The French Perspective

Civil Justice Reform: Access, Cost, and Delay. The French Perspective

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(p.291) 9 Civil Justice Reform: Access, Cost, and Delay. The French Perspective
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Civil Justice in Crisis
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Loïc Cadiet

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198298335.003.0009

For many years, French justice, like all other systems, has faced the dramatic consequences of the exploding volume of litigation. The long delays and high costs which this explosion causes are, to a certain extent, the counterpart of democratized access to law and justice. Although several reforms have been initiated, one should not forget that the current difficulties originate largely from the fact that the resources of the justice system have not risen proportionately to the sharp increase in the volume of litigation with which courts have been faced. The solution to the crisis is essentially financial. This chapter begins with a description of the French system of civil procedure. It then presents an outline for procedure. This is followed by discussions of the main problems encountered in the administration of civil justice, historical perspective of reform, alternative modes of dispute resolution, and the present state of affairs.

Keywords:   civil procedure, procedural reform, civil litigation, France, civil justice, costs, delays, alternative dispute resolution

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