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A Characterization of the Judicial System in Spain: Analysis with Formalism Indices



In this paper, a previously proposed measure of “procedural formalism” of the judicial system for dispute resolution has been adapted in order to characterize the judicial enforcement of contracts in Spain in the long run (1966-2006). Spain has a multiplicity of procedures for the same type of civil dispute depending on the amount of the conflict. In this paper all those procedures are analyzed. The result of this research indicates that formalism of the Spanish judicial system has diminished in the most recent years. That result helps to explain the recent developments of the resolution, congestion and pending cases rates of the Spanish Judicial System. The results also contests the level of formalism assigned to Spain by previous works in this field.

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  • Juan S. Mora, 2009. "A Characterization of the Judicial System in Spain: Analysis with Formalism Indices," Working Papers 2009-23, FEDEA.
  • Handle: RePEc:fda:fdaddt:2009-23

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    1. Miguel García-Posada & Juan Mora-Sanguinetti, 2015. "Entrepreneurship and enforcement institutions: disaggregated evidence for Spain," European Journal of Law and Economics, Springer, vol. 40(1), pages 49-74, August.
    2. López-Laborda, Julio & Rodrigo, Fernando & Sanz-Arcega, Eduardo, 2016. "Is the Spanish Constitutional Court an instrument of the central government against the Autonomous Communities?," MPRA Paper 72620, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    3. Juan S. Mora-Sanguinetti & Marta Martínez-Matute & Miguel García-Posada, 2017. "Credit, crisis and contract enforcement: evidence from the Spanish loan market," European Journal of Law and Economics, Springer, vol. 44(2), pages 361-383, October.
    4. Juan S. Mora-Sanguinetti, 2010. "Is judicial inefficiency increasing the house property market weight in Spain? Evidence at the local level," Working Papers 1025, Banco de España;Working Papers Homepage.
    5. Juan S. Mora-Sanguinetti & Nuno Garoupa, 2015. "Litigation in Spain 2001-2010: Exploring the market for legar services," Working Papers 1505, Banco de España;Working Papers Homepage.
    6. Miguel García-Posada & Juan Mora-Sanguinetti, 2015. "Does (average) size matter? Court enforcement, business demography and firm growth," Small Business Economics, Springer, vol. 44(3), pages 639-669, March.

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