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Adjudication of Small Claims in the Countries of the South-West Mediterranean Basin : A Technical Note (Inglés)

This note examines the use of small claims procedures and courts in the countries of the South-West Mediterranean Basin, namely the Maghreb region (Algeria, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia) and Malta. Despite their geographical proximity, the Maghreb region is quite different from neighboring Malta both in terms of legal traditions and socio-economic development. The legal tradition in Malta is shaped by both common and civil law while Maghreb legal systems are based on the Napoleonic Code and the Islamic law tradition. Furthermore, Malta is a high-income country with a literacy rate of 95 percent while the Maghreb countries fall within the lower-middle income (Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia) and higher-middle income (Libya) groups and have literacy rates below 90 percent. The features of a small claims system need to be linked to its particular needs; hence, not all techniques highlighted in a comparative examination will be suitable in a different context.

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