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How do I settle a dispute with a judicial officer (now called the Commissioner of Justice)?

Verified 01 July 2022 - Directorate of Legal and Administrative Information (Prime Minister), Ministry of Justice

If you have a dispute with a commissioner of justice (former judicial officer and judicial auctioneer), the dispute procedure varies according to the subject of the dispute.

Challenge of an act

If the challenge relates to an act directly related to a pending trial, it must be brought before the court dealing with the case.

In other cases, the challenge must be brought by assignment before enforcement judge.

Costs protest

Examples of charges: travel, advance for taxes due by the customer, handling of the file.

You must refer the matter in writing to the Chief Registrar of the court concerned.

After any correction, the Chief Registrar will provide you with a certificate of verification to be notified to the Commissioner of Justice, who has one month to challenge it.

In the absence of a challenge within this time limit, you may ask the Chief Clerk to include this situation on the audit certificate.

The affixing of this notice makes the certificate of verification enforceable, as a court order.

If the Commissioner of Justice challenges the verification certificate within one month, the dispute is then decided by the president of the court concerned or a delegated judge to that effect.

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Up to €10,000

You must refer the matter in writing to the Chief Clerk of the Court of Justice or the Court of Proximity in whose jurisdiction the Commissioner of Justice is acting.

Who shall I contact

After a possible correction, the Chief Registrar will provide you with a certificate of verification to be notified to the Commissioner of Justice, who has one month to contest.

In the absence of a challenge within this time limit, you may ask the Chief Clerk to include this situation on the audit certificate.

The affixing of this notice makes the certificate of verification enforceable, as a court order.

If the Commissioner of Justice challenges the certificate of verification within one month, the dispute is then decided by the president of the court or a delegated judge to that effect.

Beyond €10,000

You must refer the matter in writing to the Chief Registrar of the Court in whose jurisdiction the Commissioner of Justice is acting.

Who shall I contact

After a possible correction, the Chief Registrar will provide you with a certificate of verification to be notified to the Commissioner of Justice, who has one month to contest.

In the absence of a challenge within this time limit, you may ask the Chief Clerk to include this situation on the audit certificate.

The affixing of this notice makes the certificate of verification enforceable, as a court order.

If the Commissioner of Justice challenges the certificate of verification within one month, the dispute is then decided by the president of the court or a delegated judge to that effect.

Répondez aux questions successives et les réponses s’afficheront automatiquement

Up to €10,000

You must refer the matter to the judge of the judicial or community court in whose jurisdiction the Commissioner of Justice is acting.

Who shall I contact

Beyond €10,000

You must refer the matter to the judge of the judicial tribunal in whose jurisdiction the Commissioner of Justice is acting.

Who shall I contact

Other disputes

If you want to complain about the behaviour of a justice commissioner (lack of response to correspondence, repeated refusal of appointments, etc.), you can refer the matter in writing to the regional or departmental chamber of justice commissioners.

You may also refer the matter to the public prosecutor in writing.