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Enforcing Foreign Judgments in Bermuda under the Judgments (Reciprocal Enforcement) Act 1958

By: Paul A. Harshaw

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Canterbury Law Ltd.
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Juliana Snelling
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Enforcing Foreign Judgments in Bermuda under the Judgments (Reciprocal Enforcement) Act 1958

Bermuda's Judgments (Reciprocal Enforcement) Act 1958 (the "1958 Act") provides for the registration and enforcement of judgments in Bermuda of judgments obtained in the superior courts of certain foreign jurisdictions. Those foreign jurisdictions include England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, The Bahamas, Barbados, Guyana, Gibraltar, Granada, Hong Kong, Leeward Islands, St. Vincent, Jamaica, Nigeria, Dominica, St. Lucia and most of the states, territories and possessions of Australia. Significantly, commercial judgments obtained in Canada or the United States of America must be enforced at common law rather than under the 1958 Act. The 1958 Act is based on the United Kingdom's Foreign Judgments (Reciprocal Enforcement) Act 1933.

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