CURACAO AND THE ENFORCEMENT OF U.S. JUDGMENTS

Recognition and enforceability

In the absence of an applicable treaty between foreign countries (for example the U.S.) and Curacao, a judgment (in a civil matter) rendered by a U.S. court will not be enforced by the courts of Curacao. The Treaty of Friendship, Commerce and Navigation between the United States of America and the Kingdom of the Netherlands (which entered into force December 5, 1957) does not govern general recognition of Curacao and U.S. judgments in each of the countries. In order to obtain a judgment which is enforceable in Curacao the claim must be re-litigated before the Curacao courts.


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Sep 2016
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THE ENFORCEMENT OF A JUDGEMENT BY THE COURTS IN ST. MAARTEN

Judgments are immediately enforceable most of the time

According to Article 55, par. 1 of the St. Maarten Code of Civil Procedure, opposition (in the case of a default judgment) or appeal (in the event of adversarial proceedings) prevent the enforcement (execution) of a judgment unless the decision is ‘enforceable notwithstanding opposition or appeal’ a.k.a. a judgment which is declared ‘immediately enforceable’ (uitvoerbaar bij voorraad is verklaard).

The submission of an appeal results, therefore, in a stay of execution, unless the first-instance court, on a motion by one of the parties, has declared its judgment enforceable even if it is …
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Jul 2016
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THE DIFFICULTY OF ENFORCING JUDGMENTS

Michael Redman on the challenges of enforcing judgments

Michael Redman of Burford Capital has written an interesting article on the challenges of enforcing judgments, which was published in the October 2015 issue of Litigation Funding (click here).

As far as the Dutch Caribbean (Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, St. Maarten, St. Eustatius and Saba) is concerned, the enforcement of a judgment rendered by for instance an English court will be subject to the provisions of the Convention between the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland regarding Mutual Recognition and Enforcement of Judgments in …
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Oct 2015
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