FINDING COMPETENT COURTS
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Article 71 1. (a) - Courts for application for a declaration of enforceability and courts for appeal against decisions on such applications
Applications: the relevant District Court (Bezirksgericht - under Article 27(2), this is the court with jurisdiction at the debtor’s place of habitual residence or at the place of enforcement).
Appeals: Appeal against a decision (Berufung) or appeal on a point of law (Rekurs) to the Regional Court (Landesgericht) via the District Court that issued the decision.
Article 71 1. (b) - Redress procedure
In Austria: an appeal on a point of law (Revisionsrekurs) pursuant to Articles 78(1) and 411(4) of the Enforcement Code (Exekutionsordnung) in conjunction with Article 528 of the Code of Civil Procedure (Zivilprozessordnung) must be lodged with the District Court (court of first instance), which will refer it to the Supreme Court (Oberster Gerichtshof) for a decision.
Article 71 1. (c) - Review procedure
In the event of due service under Austrian law: an application for relief (Antrag auf Wiedereinsetzung in den vorigen Stand) from the effects of failing to meet the deadline for contesting the claim or failing to attend a hearing.
If the document was not duly served under Austrian law: there are two types of appeal, i.e. an appeal against a decision (in the case of default judgments) and an appeal on a point of law (in the case of court orders based on default).
Names and contact details of the courts with jurisdiction: all appeals should be lodged at the court of first instance, which will either itself rule on the matter (in the case of relief, for example) or refer it to the higher court for a decision.
Article 71 1. (d) - Central Authorities
For all matters:
Bundesministerium für Justiz
Museumstrasse 7, 1070 Vienna
Organisational unit: Abteilung I 10
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel.: +43 1 52152 2142
Fax: +43 1 52152 2829
Article 71 1. (f) – Competent authorities for enforcement
All enforcement matters are decided by the court with jurisdiction for enforcement under Articles 17 to 19 of the Enforcement Code, or if necessary by the appellate court.
Article 71 1. (g) - Accepted languages for translations of documents
Article 71 1. (h) - Languages accepted by Central Authorities for communication with other Central Authorities
English, French, German
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