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Business law in Belgium

Legal Framework

Independence of Justice
The judiciary is independent in Belgium.
Equal Treatment of Nationals and Foreigners
Foreign nationals in the country can expect, to a large extent, a free and fair trial from the judiciary. There have been reports of a certain degree of racial and ethnic intolerance. Corruption is limited in Belgium.
The Language of Justice
The language utilised depends on the city and region. It can be French, Flemish or German.
Recourse to an Interpreter
It is recommended to ask your embassy/consulate in order to get a list of interpreters recognised by Belgian Government.
Sources of the Law and Legal Similarities
The judicial system is based on civil law and originates from the Napoleonic Code, the Civil Code (in French) and the Constitution.
For further information, consult the Belgian law website
Checking National Laws Online
Federal Public Service of Justice (in Dutch)

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