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FOREIGN JUDGMENTS ACT 1991 - NOTES

No. 112, 1991

Compilation No. 5

Compilation date:                              18 February 2022

Includes amendments up to:            Act No. 3, 2022

Registered:                                         1 March 2022

About this compilation

This compilation

This is a compilation of the Foreign Judgments Act 1991 that shows the text of the law as amended and in force on 18 February 2022 (the compilation date).

The notes at the end of this compilation (the endnotes) include information about amending laws and the amendment history of provisions of the compiled law.

Uncommenced amendments

The effect of uncommenced amendments is not shown in the text of the compiled law. Any uncommenced amendments affecting the law are accessible on the Legislation Register (www.legislation.gov.au). The details of amendments made up to, but not commenced at, the compilation date are underlined in the endnotes. For more information on any uncommenced amendments, see the series page on the Legislation Register for the compiled law.

Application, saving and transitional provisions for provisions and amendments

If the operation of a provision or amendment of the compiled law is affected by an application, saving or transitional provision that is not included in this compilation, details are included in the endnotes.

Editorial changes

For more information about any editorial changes made in this compilation, see the endnotes.

Modifications

If the compiled law is modified by another law, the compiled law operates as modified but the modification does not amend the text of the law. Accordingly, this compilation does not show the text of the compiled law as modified. For more information on any modifications, see the series page on the Legislation Register for the compiled law.

Self-repealing provisions

If a provision of the compiled law has been repealed in accordance with a provision of the law, details are included in the endnotes.

  

  

  


Contents

Part 1--Preliminary                                                                                                             1

1............ Short title............................................................................................. 1

2............ Commencement................................................................................... 1

3............ Interpretation....................................................................................... 1

4............ External Territories.............................................................................. 4

Part 2--Reciprocal enforcement of judgments                                                   5

5............ Application of this Part on the basis of reciprocity of treatment.......... 5

6............ Application for, and effect of, registration of foreign judgments......... 7

7............ Setting aside a registered judgment................................................... 10

8............ Stay of enforcement of a registered judgment................................... 14

9............ Re-registration of certain registered judgments which have been set aside               14

10.......... Registrable judgments not to be otherwise enforceable..................... 15

Part 3--Miscellaneous                                                                                                       16

11.......... Judgments to which Part 2 does not apply........................................ 16

12.......... General effect of certain judgments................................................... 16

13.......... Money judgments unenforceable if no reciprocity............................ 17

14.......... Registered judgments cease to be enforceable in certain circumstances 17

15.......... Issue of certificates of judgments obtained in Australian courts........ 18

16.......... Regulations....................................................................................... 18

17.......... Rules of Court................................................................................... 19

Part 4--Transitional provisions                                                                                  20

18.......... Registration of judgments recognised under State or Territory law... 20

19.......... Enforcement of judgments registered under State or Territory law after commencement of this Act        20

20.......... Rules of Court................................................................................... 20

Endnotes                                                                                                                                    22

Endnote 1--About the endnotes                                                                            22

Endnote 2--Abbreviation key                                                                                24

Endnote 3--Legislation history                                                                             25

Endnote 4--Amendment history                                                                           26


  

Endnotes

Endnote 1--About the endnotes

The endnotes provide information about this compilation and the compiled law.

The following endnotes are included in every compilation:

Endnote 1--About the endnotes

Endnote 2--Abbreviation key

Endnote 3--Legislation history

Endnote 4--Amendment history

Abbreviation key--Endnote 2

The abbreviation key sets out abbreviations that may be used in the endnotes.

Legislation history and amendment history--Endnotes 3 and 4

Amending laws are annotated in the legislation history and amendment history.

The legislation history in endnote 3 provides information about each law that has amended (or will amend) the compiled law. The information includes commencement details for amending laws and details of any application, saving or transitional provisions that are not included in this compilation.

The amendment history in endnote 4 provides information about amendments at the provision (generally section or equivalent) level. It also includes information about any provision of the compiled law that has been repealed in accordance with a provision of the law.

Editorial changes

The Legislation Act 2003 authorises First Parliamentary Counsel to make editorial and presentational changes to a compiled law in preparing a compilation of the law for registration. The changes must not change the effect of the law. Editorial changes take effect from the compilation registration date.

If the compilation includes editorial changes, the endnotes include a brief outline of the changes in general terms. Full details of any changes can be obtained from the Office of Parliamentary Counsel.

Misdescribed amendments

A misdescribed amendment is an amendment that does not accurately describe the amendment to be made. If, despite the misdescription, the amendment can be given effect as intended, the amendment is incorporated into the compiled law and the abbreviation "(md)" added to the details of the amendment included in the amendment history.

If a misdescribed amendment cannot be given effect as intended, the abbreviation "(md not incorp)" is added to the details of the amendment included in the amendment history.

 

Endnote 2--Abbreviation key

ad = added or inserted

o = order(s)

am = amended

Ord = Ordinance

amdt = amendment

orig = original

c = clause(s)

par = paragraph(s)/subparagraph(s)

C[x] = Compilation No. x

/sub-subparagraph(s)

Ch = Chapter(s)

pres = present

def = definition(s)

prev = previous

Dict = Dictionary

(prev ... ) = previously

disallowed = disallowed by Parliament

Pt = Part(s)

Div = Division(s)

r = regulation(s)/rule(s)

ed = editorial change

reloc = relocated

exp = expires/expired or ceases/ceased to have

renum = renumbered

effect

rep = repealed

F = Federal Register of Legislation

rs = repealed and substituted

gaz = gazette

s = section(s)/subsection(s)

LA = Legislation Act 2003

Sch = Schedule(s)

LIA = Legislative Instruments Act 2003

Sdiv = Subdivision(s)

(md) = misdescribed amendment can be given

SLI = Select Legislative Instrument

effect

SR = Statutory Rules

(md not incorp) = misdescribed amendment

Sub-Ch = Sub-Chapter(s)

cannot be given effect

SubPt = Subpart(s)

mod = modified/modification

underlining = whole or part not

No. = Number(s)

commenced or to be commenced

 

Endnote 3--Legislation history

 

Act

Number and year

Assent

Commencement

Application, saving and transitional provisions

Foreign Judgments Act 1991

112, 1991

27 June 1991

s. 21: 27 Oct 1991
Remainder: Royal Assent

 

Service and Execution of Process (Transitional Provisions and Consequential Amendments) Act 1992

166, 1992

11 Dec 1992

10 Apr 1993 (see s. 2 and Gazette 1993, No. GN13)

--

Law and Justice Legislation Amendment Act 1997

34, 1997

17 Apr 1997

Sch 9: 17 Apr 1997 (s 2(1))

--

as amended by

 

 

 

 

Law and Justice Legislation Amendment Act 1999

125, 1999

13 Oct 1999

Sch 12: 17 Apr 1997 (s 2(6))

--

Trans-Tasman Proceedings (Transitional and Consequential Provisions) Act 2010

36, 2010

13 Apr 2010

s. 4: Royal Assent
Schedule 2 (items 21-23): 11 Oct 2013 (see s 2(1))

s 4 and Sch 2 (item 23)

Statute Law Revision Act 2012

136, 2012

22 Sept 2012

Schedule 6 (item 39): Royal Assent

--

Courts and Tribunals Legislation Amendment (2021 Measures No. 1) Act 2022

3, 2022

17 Feb 2022

Sch 1 (item 74): 18 Feb 2022 (s 2(1) item 3)

--

 

Endnote 4--Amendment history

 

Provision affected

How affected

Part 2

 

s 5........................................

am No 36, 2010

s 6........................................

am No 166, 1992; No 34, 1997 (as am by No 125, 1999); No 3, 2022

s 7........................................

am No 166, 1992

Part 4

 

s 18......................................

exp end of 26 June 1993 (s 18(3))

Part 5...................................

rep No 136, 2012

s 21......................................

rep No 136, 2012

s 22......................................

rep No 136, 2012


 



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