forum non conveniens

forum non conveniens
forum non con·ve·ni·ens /-ˌnän-kən-'vē-nē-ˌenz, -ˌnȯn-kȯn-'vā-nē-ˌens/ n [New Latin, literally, unsuitable tribunal]: a doctrine allowing a court with jurisdiction over a case to dismiss it because the convenience of the parties and the interest of justice would be better served if the case were brought in a court having proper jurisdiction in another venue compare change of venue

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

forum non conveniens
(Latin) An inconvenient court; a court’s discretionary power to refuse to hear a case that is within its jurisdiction if it would be more convenient for the parties or better serve the interests of justice for it to be heard elsewhere.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

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.

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.

forum non conveniens
Latin for an inconvenient court. The idea that a court may change the venue of a lawsuit if that is more convenient for the parties. However, because strict written rules of jurisdiction and venue are used to decide where a case can and cannot be properly filed, this term has largely lost any real meaning. Also called forum inconveniens.
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

forum non conveniens
Latin for inconvenient or inappropriate forum and a legal doctrine used by common law courts to determine which court has jurisdiction over a claim, particularly with regard to foreign court proceedings and foreign judgments. In English law, the appropriate forum is the one in which the case may most suitably be tried for the interests of all the parties and the ends of justice.
+ forum non conveniens
Latin for "inconvenient forum," this common law doctrine allows a court to dismiss a civil action (even though venue is proper and the court has jurisdiction over the case and the parties) where, among other things, litigating the action in plaintiff's chosen forum will severely inconvenience a defendant, and an appropriate alternative forum exists in which to try the action.
Forum non conveniens should be distinguished from transfer. In particular, forum non conveniens is used only when the alternative forum is in a foreign country.

Practical Law Dictionary. Glossary of UK, US and international legal terms. . 2010.

forum non conveniens
[for-uhm nahn cahn-vee-nee-ehns]
   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.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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