Beyond Borders: Serving Proceedings Outside NZ & Enforcing Foreign Judgments in NZ

Author(s): compilation of papers


Materials comprised of a paper and a PowerPoint handout


Julian Brown, Senior Associate, Chapman Tripp
Nicholas Wood, Senior Associate, Chapman Tripp


The distinct but associated steps of suing overseas-based defendants and enforcing judgments obtained overseas might seem to be procedural matters to look into if and when needed, but in an increasingly connected world and with much of modern life conducted online, you might need to know about these things sooner than you think.

These materials delve into the respective legalities and practicalities involved. 

These materials will help you

In respect of serving proceedings outside NZ:

  • Become better apprised of the relevant legislation.
  • Identify the tests to determine whether you can sue as of right or with leave.
  • Receive insights into the potential implications, including an objection to jurisdiction.

In respect of enforcing foreign judgments:

  • Gain a better understanding of the types of judgment that can be registered.
  • Survey the preliminary steps that might be involved, including registering and suing on the judgment, depending on the country where judgment was obtained.
  • Receive insights into the potential implications, including the defences that might be raised.

Intended audience

Civil litigators at junior to intermediate level plus those more senior seeking a refresher/update; and general practitioners who do some litigation work.

Publication dateJune 2019
FormatPDF and/or hard copy
CPD Seminar Papers ISBN: C0564/P
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