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Reflections on Judicial Independence: Past Achievements and Future Agenda

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It was interesting to consider a specific aspect of Independence, namely Independence within the Judiciary; that is, the internal independence of the judge. Indeed the so called corporatism between judges could lead to communication between judges about pending cases, as, for instance, has been in the case of the Belgian judge. This chapter analyzes the emerging and increasing recourse to the online justice practices and procedures whereby consumers are compelled to work out disputes and arguments against major companies online or in digital procedures. The digital procedures of handling consumer complaints are conducted by phone centers and call centers, which sometimes are not even in the jurisdiction where the dispute arose, but are conducted by out-of-jurisdiction outsourcing call centers. In online dispute handling, there is an increasing recourse to online justice in divorce, where uncontested divorce is completed totally by internet communication with the relevant court or state agency.

Keywords: Belgian judge; judicial independence; online justice

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