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The one thing about the court system that could not be the same as in France is of course the use of languages in court.
Legal practice has to deal with the fact that the use of either the Dutch or the French language in court depends on the region where the court is established. As a reminder for non-Belgians: the name of the language spoken in Flanders, the Flemish part of Belgium, is Dutch.
Finally, the "Cour de cassation/Hof van Cassatie" 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.
Although civil and criminal courts are both in the same "ordinary" court system, it must be stressed that criminal cases have a specific "foreplay", with preliminary investigations, an Examining Magistrate and a Public Attorney.
He has worked as expert-consultant for the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg Ministry of Culture and as attaché to the Legal Support Direction in the Public Service of Wallonia (Legal Affairs Department).
He is now scientific officer – library research assistant (law & criminology) at the Law, Economics, Management, Social sciences Léon Graulich Library (University of Liege, Belgium) and also lecturer and scientific assistant at the Faculty of Law, Political science & Criminology in the same university.
In 2014, the late reorganization of the state has restricted the transfer of competences regarding justice to judicial proceedings policy, justice’s houses, first-line legal aid and young people welfare.
Belgium is a federal state with a civil law system and is a member of the European Union.
These three qualities basically account for the legal system the country has adopted.
Brussels has a special status, as well as the small German speaking community on the east border.
These constitutional changes, starting in 1970, have to this day still not come to their end.