Enforcing foreign judgments—Foreign Judgments (Reciprocal Enforcement) Act 1933 (the 1933 Act)
Produced in partnership with Laurence Emmett
Enforcing foreign judgments—Foreign Judgments (Reciprocal Enforcement) Act 1933 (the 1933 Act)

The following Dispute Resolution practice note produced in partnership with Laurence Emmett provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Enforcing foreign judgments—Foreign Judgments (Reciprocal Enforcement) Act 1933 (the 1933 Act)
  • Countries to which the act applies
  • If relying on the act, make sure that it applies
  • Countries for which the act has been superceded
  • Conditions for Registration
  • Procedure for Registration
  • Evidence required
  • The Registration Order
  • Service of the Registration Order
  • Setting Aside Registration
  • More...

This Practice Note sets out the application of the Foreign Judgments (Reciprocal Enforcement) Act 1933 (FJ(RE)A 1933) for the enforcement of foreign judgments in the courts of England and Wales. It sets out the conditions for registration, the procedure for registration, the evidence required for the application, the registration order and its effect of such an order. The Practice Note also explains how to set aside registration.

For guidance when enforcing a judgment of the courts of England and Wales outside the jurisdiction, see Practice Note: Enforcing judgments of the courts of England and Wales outside of the jurisdiction—principles.

Countries to which the act applies

The Foreign Judgments (Reciprocal Enforcement) Act 1933 (FJ(RE)A 1933) provides for the registration of judgments handed down by recognised courts of foreign countries. It is based on the principle of substantial reciprocity of treatment as regards the enforcement of judgments.

The FJ(RE)A 1933 applies to judgments given by courts (or classes of courts) in countries that the Crown has specified by Order in Council. Orders in Council have been made to extend the act to cover the courts of the following countries: Australia and its States and territories (territory of Norfolk is excluded), Canada (all provinces and territories except Quebec), Guernsey, India, Isle of Man, Jersey, Norway, Pakistan and Tonga (Commonwealth countries) and Israel and Surinam. For a list of the relevant orders

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