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forum non conveniens

(for-uhm nahn cahn-veen-nee-ehns) n. Latin for a forum which is not convenient. This doctrine is employed when the court chosen by the plaintiff (the party suing) is inconvenient for witnesses or poses an undue hardship on the defendants, who must petition the court for an order transferring the case to a more convenient court. A typical example is a lawsuit arising from an accident involving an out-of-state resident who files the complaint in his/her home state (or in the defendant driver's home state), when the witnesses and doctors who treated the plaintiff are in the state where the accident occurred, which makes the latter state the most convenient location for trial.

forum non conveniens

in private international law, the doctrine that allows a court to decline its own jurisdiction because there is another jurisdiction that can more conveniently try the case.
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Ehrenzweig, The Transient Rule of Personal Jurisdiction: The "Power" Myth and Forum Conveniens, 65 Yale L.J.
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"Therefore, we decline to exercise the discretionary jurisdiction by invoking the doctrine of forum conveniens," it said.
There are three main components to this scheme: the free circulation of civil initiating process to establish adjudicative jurisdiction; (128) the reliance on the principle of forum conveniens to identify the court which will decide the case in a clash of jurisdictions; (129) and liberal provisions for the enforcement of judgments whereby a court order rendered in one State may be 'localised by registration in the State where enforcement is sought'.
Multinationals" (2007) 13:1 Law & Bus Rev Am 11; Donald Childress III, "When Erie Goes International" (2011) 105:4 Nw UL Rev 1131; Donald Childress III, "Forum Conveniens: The Search for a Convenient Forum in Transnational Cases" (2013) 53:1 Va J Int'l L 157.
that applications considering forum conveniens and forum selection clauses should be separate inquiries; therefore, the Court's statements in Teck pertaining to forum conveniens do not mean that the CJPTA obviates common law principles pertaining to forum selection clauses.
In the result, the Court of Appeal dismissed the appeal, finding that indeed the Ontario court had jurisdiction simpliciter (assumed jurisdiction) and that Ontario was forum conveniens.
"An alternative, slightly softer version of this argument is that assertion of jurisdiction by the foreign court is a factor of overwhelming significance in the determination of whether the local forum is appropriate (forum conveniens) and that, since the U.S.
Apart, however, from the question of jurisdiction, we are always entitled to consider the question of forum conveniens, which includes ...
Courts should strive, to the extent permitted by Voth, to avoid a situation of lis alibi pendens, however, there is a risk that parties may thereby be encouraged to participate in a "race to the filing counter': Peter Nygh, ' Voth in the Family Court Re-Visited: The High Court Pronounces Forum Conveniens and Lis Alibi Pendens' (1996) 10 Australian Journal of Family Law 163, 170.

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