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  • 28 January 2014

New rules for Supreme Court appeals

The Danish Parliament has adopted new rules to limit the increase in Supreme Court appeal cases.

The Danish Parliament (Folketinget) has passed new legislation introducing a two-tier appeal system for judgments delivered by the Maritime and Commercial High Court (Sø- og Handelsretten). With effect from 1 February 2014, appeals may be lodged with the Supreme Court only if the case is of general public importance; is of importance to the application of law and the legislative development or may have a significant impact on society as such.

Appeals not meeting these criteria must be lodged with the High Court. Moreover, the conditions for referral by a District Court for hearing by a High Court will become more stringent. Particularly, the High Court will be entitled to reject a case if it finds that the referral was not justified.

Moreover, the new rules mean that the subject-matter jurisdiction of the Maritime and Commercial High Court will be extended in a number of areas.

The new rules will be effective from 1 February 2014.

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