Adoption of Book 3 (Property Law)
Book 3 contains 188 articles and is a fairly comprehensive revision of property law.
It is divided in 8 titles:
Entry into force of Book 8 (Evidence)
On 1 November 2020, Book 8 on Evidence of the New Civil Code entered into force. It has become clear that the introduction of these new rules was no earth-shattering event. Courts are becoming more and more familiar with the concept of standard of proof. Finally, claimants regularly try to convince the judge to order a reversal of the burden of proof in the sense of Article 8.4, para. 5, but courts seem to be cautious in using this new technique for the time being.
Book 1 is an introduction to the other nine books of the New Civil Code.
It contains legal concepts with a transversal application such as direct or indirect representation, legal act or public policy, general principles such as the prohibition of abuse of right and the prohibition of malicious intent and rules over the application of the law over time and over the computation of time.
Book 5 covers and completes articles 1101 to 1369 of the old Civil Code under three main titles which reshuffle the previous ordering in a new, easy-to-apprehend structure:
Creation of a new Civil Code consisting of 9 Books - Adoption of Book 8 on Evidence.
Book 8 introduces a few real novelties such as :
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The first applications of Book 5 are making their debut in case law. Check out this section to get the scoop on the latest developments!
Discover the salient points of the Books adopted so far
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Highlighted articles Book 5