Article 728 of the Belgian Judicial Code
- 1. From the start of proceedings, the parties should appear in person or be represented by legal counsel.
- 2. Before the justice of the peace, the Commercial Court and labour tribunals, the parties may also be represented by their spouse, their legally cohabiting partner, or a blood or married relative holding written power of attorney and specially authorised by the court.
- 3. In addition, before the labour courts, the delegate of a representative organisation of blue-collar workers or white-collar workers holding written power of attorney may represent the blue-collar worker or white-collar worker who is party to the proceedings, carry out on their behalf all acts pertaining to this representation, submit arguments, and receive all notifications concerning the handling and settlement of the dispute. In respect of the same venues, the self-employed worker may, in disputes concerning their own rights and obligations in that capacity or in the capacity of a disabled person, be represented by the delegate of a representative organisation of self-employed persons.
- 4. Business agents may not act as authorised representatives.
- 5. In the case referred to in Article 1322 (5), paragraph 1, the applicant may be represented by the public prosecutor’s office.