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How long does it take to enforce a debt in the Portuguese judicial system?
This paper applies duration analysis to a dataset covering all enforcement cases related to commercial and civil debts, dealt with by first instance courts in Portugal between 2007 and 2016. Evidence points to a strong reduction in the duration of cases since the beginning of the current decade. At that time, the median duration was above five years and it declined to around two and a half years by the end of the period under analysis. The probabilistic profile of case resolution changed significantly, with the hazard rate of resolution of pending cases being nowadays higher in their initial stage. Case duration is influenced notably by its complexity, proxied by a higher claim value, the existence of procedural aspects (apensos), and also by the overall enforcement litigation faced by the comarca.