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Modernisation of the Criminal Justice Chain and the Judicial System

New Insights on Trust, Cooperation and Human Capital

  • Annie Hondeghem
  • Xavier Rousseaux
  • Fréderic Schoenaers
  • Offers a multidisciplinary approach to the modernization of the judicial system

  • Includes contributions from multiple disciplines including public administration, sociology, history and criminology Brings together a group of top scholars on the much debated issue of the modernization of the judicial system

  • Is one of the few publications focusing on management in the judicial system?


Part of the Ius Gentium: Comparative Perspectives on Law and Justice book series (IUSGENT, volume 50)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Justice Reforms in Continental Europe

  3. Trust and Cooperation in the Criminal Justice Chain

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 95-95
    2. Jolien Vanschoenwinkel, Annie Hondeghem
      Pages 97-113
    3. Marloes Callens, Geert Bouckaert, Stephan Parmentier
      Pages 115-130
    4. Neil Hutton
      Pages 145-158
    5. Joséphine Bastard, Christophe Dubois
      Pages 159-172
  4. Human Capital in Historical Perspective: Belgian Magistrates

About this book


This book focuses on one part of the judicial system: the criminal justice chain. This involves all the activities and actors dealing with policing, prosecution, judgment, and sanctioning of crimes. In the last decades, reforms have been implemented in several European countries. In Belgium, for example, there was the so-called Octopus reform in 1998. The police was restructured, leading to an integration of the police forces on a national and local level.  New steering instruments were introduced, such as regional security plans. With regard to the sanctioning of crimes, a new institution was installed, called the sentence implementation court. This book evaluates these reforms and discusses the current reform on the reorganization of the judicial landscape. In addition, it examines the relation between trust and distrust and the application to the judicial system. It discusses the human capital aspect of the system, by means of a study on the prosopography of the Belgian magistrates that analyses the Magistracy as socio-professional group, and focuses on situations of system building, transformations under constraint (occupations), and transfers (colonial experience). Lastly, the book presents a comparative study of Belgium and France regarding the new techniques and instruments that are needed to accelerate the judicial response time and to ensure that the judicial system delivers its services on time.                         


Accountabilities in judicial organisations Belgian Magistrates under German occupations Conflicts, tensions and solidarities Cooperation between police and prosecution officers Criminal justice chain and the judicial system Human capital Judicial response time Justifications based on trust Juvenile prosecution office and juvenile courts Local Security Governance Magistrates in Colonial Environment Prosopography in Digital Age Prosopography, Crisis, and Modernization of Justice Reforms in the judicial system Reorganization of the judicial landscape

Editors and affiliations

  • Annie Hondeghem
    • 1
  • Xavier Rousseaux
    • 2
  • Fréderic Schoenaers
    • 3
  1. 1.KU Leuven Public Governance InstituteLeuvenBelgium
  2. 2.Centre d'histoire du droit et de la justice (CHDJ)Université catholique de Louvain (UCL)Louvain-la-NeuveBelgium
  3. 3.Centre de Recherche et d’Interventions Sociologiques (CRIS)University of LiègeLiègeBelgium

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