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Recognition of a foreign court decision in Bosnia and Herzegovina



FOREIGN COURT DECISIONS AND FOREIGN JUDGMENTS 


It often happens that in various situations in life certain relations are regulated by the courts outside of Bosnia and Herzegovina, as for example in personal matters, such as divorce of marriage by a foreign court or in financial matters, such as a foreign court decision on a debt payment. Due to the effects they produce, the foreign court decisions must in certain circumstances be applied on the territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina too. This procedure is called recognition of foreign court decisions.


In simple language, this procedure is about acceptance and equalisation of foreign court decisions as if they had been passed by a competent court in Bosnia and Herzegovina.



WHY IS RECOGNITION OF FOREIGN COURT DECISIONS NECESSARY?  



As previously mentioned, some legal relations may be regulated by a foreign court, but producing effects on the territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina.


Lack of the institute of recognition of foreign court decisions would cause a huge legal insecurity, i.e. if the local courts were not recognising the foreign court decisions, the proceeding that has already been finished in one country would have to be repeated at the domestic court, implying infinite court proceedings in different countries and huge costs.



A PRACTICAL EXAMPLE 


The purpose of recognition of foreign court decisions is illustrated on an example below:


The Court in Frankfurt, Germany, passed a final enforceable judgment ordering the party M.H. to pay damage compensation to the BAM AUTOMOBILE Frankfurt GmbH company in amount of EUR 30,000.00.


M.H., who has no property in Germany, has moved to Bosnia and Herzegovina in the meantime, where he has a registered residence. Considering that M.H. has no property in Germany and obviously has no intention to pay the amount as ordered by the German court, the last resort of the creditor, the BAM Automobile Frankfurt GmbH company, is to initiate a procedure of recognition of the judgment passed by a foreign court (German, in this case) in Bosnia and Herzegovina.


The creditor obtained the information that the debtor M.H. has personal property on the territory of BiH that might be subject of enforcement (forceful collection of claims) after the subject foreign court decision is recognised by the competent BiH court.


The example above clearly illustrates the main purpose of the institute of recognition of foreign court decisions, and that is – protection of ownership rights, personal rights and other rights of the parties, i.e. enabling the party to realise in one country the right obtained as per a final decision passed by the court in a different country.   



INITIATION OF THE PROCEDURE OF RECOGNITION OF FOREIGN COURT DECISIONS AND DECISION-MAKING COMPETENCE 


The procedure of recognition of foreign court decisions is governed by the Law on Non-Contentious Procedure, whereby the Law on Resolution of Conflict of Laws with Regulations of Other Countries is applied as well.

Considering the specifics of this procedure, propositions for initiating a procedure of recognition of foreign court decisions are filed by attorneys on the basis of a power of attorney issued by international clients in their name.



DOCUMENTS REQUIRED IN THE PROCEDURE OF RECOGNITION OF FOREIGN COURT DECISIONS 


The application or proposition for initiating a procedure of recognition of foreign court decision must be supported by the grounds of proposition, and the original of the foreign court decision (or a certified copy) must be enclosed thereto, with confirmation of res judicata.


Furthermore, translation of the decision by a sworn court interpreter in  BiH must be enclosed too. If the proposition is filed by an attorney, the power of attorney (authorisation to represent the client) is to be enclosed.



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This procedure is about acceptance and equalisation of foreign court decisions as if they had been passed by a competent court in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Frequently asked questions from clients

Yes, it does. A procedure of recognition has to be initiated in order for any case or situation regulated by a foreign court or a foreign institution to be applicable on the territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Such a foreign decision has legal effect on the territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina only when recognised by a decision of a competent court in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

You do not have to be present in Bosnia and Herzegovina to initiate a procedure of recognition of a foreign court decision, but you have to provide our Office with a power of attorney, on which basis we may undertake all necessary actions on your behalf with the purpose of having the subject foreign court decision recognised in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Applications or propositions for initiating a procedure of recognition of foreign court decision are filed to the competent court in accordance with local jurisdiction. As a rule, that is the court competent for the area in which the place of residence of the private individual, against who the proposition is filed, is registered or the head-office, if it is a legal person.

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