What is a tribunal de proximité?

I wish to take legal action and was told to apply to a tribunal de proximité. What is this?

21 March 2020
By Oliver Rowland

This term is new this year, as part of a reform which abolished the terms tribunal d’instance and tribunal de grande instance (for more important cases). In theory they are all now absorbed into a service called tribunal judiciaire, but in smaller towns that only had a tribunal d’instance these are now deemed a local branch attached to a court in a bigger centre, and are described as tribunal de proximité.

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