On 1 January 2019 the Bill inaugurating the Netherlands Commercial Court and the Netherlands Commercial Court of Appeal became law. As a result, two new courts (both abbreviated below to “NCC”) have now opened for litigation. By means of this Bill, the legislator has established a new international commercial chamber: the NCC District Court (of Amsterdam), including judge for interim relief1 and the NCC Court of Appeal (also of Amsterdam) in which (international) parties can resolve complex international trade disputes in English. The NCC offers swift, efficient and dependable dispute resolution. It seeks to do this in accordance with the Dutch law of civil procedure, while conducting the proceedings entirely in English. Proceedings before the NCC are settled by three specialist judges who have experience of complex commercial disputes. An electronic filing system can also be used.
The NCC has now been up and running for well over half a year and its first ruling was published on 8 March 2019. This was within a month of the start of the proceedings.2 In this edition of Quoted we take a brief look at the objectives behind the Bill and the features of the NCC. We go on to summarise the key features of proceedings before the NCC. Finally, we compare the NCC procedure with the procedure of an ordinary Dutch court and with an international arbitration procedure