The word juzgado (= court) emerges in various contracts, for example with matters of jurisdiction
. For preliminary legal proceedings, it often takes three or more years to receive a judgement.
After preliminary legal proceedings, independent of the amount in dispute, then there is the court of the second instance (audiencia provincial) for the cases on appeal. It can take up to five years before a decision is delivered, including Appeal cases. Because there is no enforceable reimbursement scheme for Costs in Spain, it can happen that with no clear win you must pay your own lawyers and also court costs.