Litigation in Spain
Even if alternative methods of dispute resolution such as mediation and arbitration are increasingly accepted in Spain, litigation remains the most common dispute resolution method used nowadays.
The current economic difficulties in Spain have led to an increase in litigation, putting the judiciary under severe pressure. The number of civil claims has been growing ﬁrmly over the past decade.
Although ordinary proceedings are relatively straightforward, and the time limits granted by the parties to make their claims are quite limited, due to the signiﬁcant number of cases dealt with in each court, in practice the parties may have to wait several months before they are summoned to a preliminary hearing and the actual trial could even take place up to a year after the ﬁling of the corresponding briefs.
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