Appeal level is the “Cour d’Appel”, where civil, criminal and commercial matters are dealt with, only the “Cour de Travail” is a specific appeal court for social law cases coming from the lower labour tribunals.
Finally, the “Cour de Cassation” is the highest appeal level, dealing only with points of law, no new facts can be brought before this court, just like in the French system.
Christoph Malliet is librarian at the Law Library of the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium since 1988.
He takes care of the paper and electronic collection, as well as the website of the library. He was secretary to the Belgian association of law librarians during the time that association existed (1990-1995).
He published five editions of a bibliography on Belgian law (Elementaire Bibliografie Belgisch recht, Mys & Breesch, 5th ed. He is regularly invited to talk about Belgian electronic legal publishing on various conferences. The Belgian Legal System in a Nutshell Belgium is a federal state with a civil law system and is member of the European Union.
These three qualities account basically for the legal system the country has adopted.
The Belgian state was formed as a constitutional monarchy in 1830, as a compromise between French and Dutch claims, appeased by the British government.