04 May Belize and choosing the right jurisdiction for your lawsuit
Belize and choosing the right jurisdiction for your lawsuit
In general, people always try to avoid facing a lawsuit, regardless of its nature. However, if you conduct commercial operations in Belize, it is essential to have a contract in order to legally define and restrict the correct jurisdiction (also known as venue, in legal terms) to file or to respond a suit. Otherwise, you will be bound by the laws of Belize. This legal binding is not such a simple matter. In fact, there are different interpretations of where the correct venue lies in this country.
To begin with, each of the jurisdictions in Belize has its own rules. According to the local laws, both parties in a lawsuit may be subject to three separate locations. First, the place where you live or where your commercial headquarters is located. Then, the place where the cause of action accrues. Last, the location of the property that is the subject matter of the litigation. Most of the time, individual or corporate defendants are usually concerned about accrual.
The courts in Belize have many different interpretations of accrual. In fact, there are several jurisdictions throughout Belize that handle lawsuits according to their specific nature. Consequently, if you need legal representation in any of these jurisdictions in Belize, our network of lawyers can certainly assist you in preparing your lawsuit.