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Document 41968A0927(02)

Protocol to the 1968 Brussels Convention on jurisdiction and the enforcement of judgments in civil and commercial matters /* Consolidated version CF 498Y0126(01) */

OJ L 299, 31.12.1972, p. 43–44 (DE, FR, IT, NL)
Spanish special edition: Chapter 01 Volume 001 P. 197 - OP_DATPRO
Portuguese special edition: Chapter 01 Volume 001 P. 197 - OP_DATPRO
Special edition in Bulgarian: Chapter 19 Volume 010 P. 14 - 15
Special edition in Romanian: Chapter 19 Volume 010 P. 14 - 15
Special edition in Croatian: Chapter 19 Volume 013 P. 3 - 4

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41968A0927(02)

Protocol to the 1968 Brussels Convention on jurisdiction and the enforcement of judgments in civil and commercial matters /* Consolidated version CF 498Y0126(01) */

Official Journal L 299 , 31/12/1972 P. 0043 - 0044
Spanish special edition: Chapter 01 Volume 1 P. 0197
Portuguese special edition Chapter 01 Volume 1 P. 0197
EN Official Journal L 304 , 30/10/1978 P. 36
DA Official Journal L 304 , 30/10/1978 P. 17


PROTOCOL on Convention on jurisdiction and the enforcement of judgments in civil and commercial matters - 1968 Brussels Convention /* Consolidated version CF 498Y0126(01) */

The High Contracting Parties have agreed upon the following provisions, which shall be annexed to the Convention:

Article I

Any person domiciled in Luxembourg who is sued in a court of another Contracting State pursuant to Article 5 (1) may refuse to submit to the jurisdiction of that court. If the defendant does not enter an appearance the court shall declare of its own motion that it has no jurisdiction.

An agreement conferring jurisdiction, within the meaning of Article 17, shall be valid with respect of a person domiciled in Luxembourg only if that person has expressly and specifically so agreed.

Article II

Without prejudice to any more favourable provisions of national laws, persons domiciled in a Contracting State who are being prosecuted in the criminal courts of another Contracting State of which they are not nationals for an offence which was not intentionally committed may he defended by persons qualified to do so, even if they do not appear in person.

However, the court seised of the matter may order appearance in person; in the case of failure to appear, a judgment given in the civil action without the person concerned having had the opportunity to arrange for his defence need not be recognized or enforced in the other Contracting States.

Article III

In proceedings for the issue of an order for enforcement, no charge, duty or fee calculated by reference to the value of the matter in issue may be levied in the State in which enforcement is sought.

Article IV

Judicial and extrajudicial documents drawn up in one Contracting State which have to be served on persons in another Contracting State shall be transmitted in accordance with the procedures laid down in the conventions and agreements concluded between the Contracting States.

Unless the State in which service is to take place objects by declaration to the Secretary-General of the Council of the European Communities, such documents may also be sent by the appropriate public officers of the State in which the document has been drawn up directly to the appropriate public officers of the State in which the addressee is to be found. In this case the officer of the State of origin shall send a copy of the document to the officer of the State addressed who is competent to forward it to the addressee. The document shall be forwarded in the manner specified by the law of the State addressed. The forwarding shall be recorded by a certificate sent directly to the officer of the State of origin.

Article V

The jurisdiction specified in Articles 6 (2) and 10 in actions on a warranty or guarantee or in any other third party proceedings may not be resorted to in the Federal Republic of Germany. In that State, any person domiciled in another Contracting State may be sued in the courts in pursuance of Articles 68, 72, 73 and 74 of the code of civil procedure (Zivilprozeßordnung) concerning third-party notices.

Judgments given in the other Contracting States by virtue of Article 6 (2) or 10 shall be recognized and enforced in the Federal Republic of Germany in accordance with Title III. Any effects which judgments given in that State may have on third parties by application of Articles 68, 72, 73 and 74 of the code of civil procedure (Zivilprozeßordnung) shall also be recognized in the other Contracting States.

Article VI

The Contracting States shall communicate to the Secretary-General of the Council of the European Communities the text of any provisions of their laws which amend either those articles of their laws mentioned in the Convention or the lists of courts specified in Section 2 of Title III of the Convention.

In witness whereof, the undersigned Plenipotentiaries have signed this Protocol.

Done at Brussels this twenty-seventh day of September in the year one thousand nine hundred and sixty-eight.

For His Majesty the King of the Belgians,

Pierre HARMEL

For the President of the Federal Republic of Germany,

Willy BRANDT

For the President of the French Republic,

Michel DEBRÉ

For the President of the Italian Republic,

Giuseppe MEDICI

For His Royal Highness the Grand Duke of Luxembourg,

Pierre GRÉGOIRE

For Her Majesty the Queen of the Netherlands,

J.M.A.H. LUNS

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