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International Legal Processes to be Simplified Following the Entry into Force of the Hague Service Convention for Australia

Canberra, ACT (News4us.com) November 2, 2010

International Legal Processes to be Simplified Following the Entry into Force of the Hague Service Convention for Australia

International Legal Processes to be Simplified Following the Entry into Force of the Hague Service Convention for Australia

Attorney-General, Robert McClelland has announced that international legal processes will be simplified following the entry into force of the Hague Service Convention for Australia today.

The Hague Convention on Service Abroad of Judicial and Extrajudicial Documents in Civil and Commercial Matters 1965 simplifies legal processes in civil and commercial matters between parties in different countries. The Convention ensures:

  • more streamlined service of legal process using a network of central authorities;
  • greater clarity, efficiency and cost effectiveness;
  • service abroad will be easier to prove, reducing the potential for drawn-out and costly satellite litigation, and
  • where litigation is commenced against Australians, this will be brought to their attention in sufficient time to present their best defence.

“This is an important milestone, particularly for Australian companies who need to manage the litigation risks associated with trading globally,” Mr McClelland said.

Sixty-two other countries, including many of Australia’s major trading partners such as the United States, China, the United Kingdom and many other European countries, are part of this international framework.

“Becoming part of this framework demonstrates the Government’s commitment to micro-economic reform that promotes innovation and fosters productivity,” Mr McClelland said.

Domestic processes, developed in close consultation between the Commonwealth and the States and Territories, have been designed to ensure that service requests are processed efficiently.

The Government will provide a suite of simple and user-friendly fact sheets on the Department’s website at: www.ag.gov.au/pil

“This is in line with the Australian Government’s broader agenda to improve access to justice for all Australians,” Mr McClelland said.

Media Contact: Daniel Gleeson 0417 886 111


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