The enforcing contracts indicator measured the time and cost for resolving a commercial dispute through a local first-instance court, and the quality of judicial processes index, evaluating whether each economy had adopted a series of good practices that promote quality and efficiency in the court system. The most recent round of data collection was completed in May 2019. See the methodology and video for more information.

Doing Business reforms

Enhancing judicial efficiency

A judicial system that provides effective commercial dispute resolution is crucial to a healthy economy.1 Twenty-eight economies worldwide made enforcing contracts easier in 2018-19. Eight economies provided more straightforward options - outside of ordinary courts or procedures - for resolving legal disputes. Mauritania and Moldova, for example, implemented fast-track procedures as an effective way to resolve small value disputes. Three economies in Latin America and the Caribbean adopted techniques intended to ensure a timely and organized flow of cases through the court system. Jamaica started publishing court performance reports, Costa Rica introduced a pre-trial conference and Paraguay implemented an electronic case management system.

1 Ramello, Giovanni, and Stephen Voigt, 2012. “The Economics of Efficiency and the Judicial System.”International Review of Law and Economics 32: 1-2.


Reforms implemented in 2018-19 are available here.

= Doing Business reform making it easier to do business. = Change making it more difficult to do business.