Changes in Mauritian Court Jurisdiction and Costs
Following the implementation of the new rules governing the jurisdictional threshold of the courts in Mauritius, District Courts will now hear claims of up to MUR250 000 (as opposed to MUR50 000 previously) and the Intermediate Court will hear claims of up to MUR2-million, whenever such claims do not fall with the District Court threshold. Claims higher than MUR2-million will continue to be lodged before the Supreme Court.
Consequently, in respect of claims of up to MUR250 000, proceedings may have to be initiated before District Courts other than that of Port Louis. Parties involved in such cases will need to make arrangements for their representatives to attend District Courts.
In addition, legal costs (disbursements incurred in relation to court cases) have also increased significantly. In some instances, legal costs have increased by around 250%. As such, these increased costs will need to be taken into account when budgeting for litigation.
In parallel, the Chief Justice has also made rules for mediation before the Intermediate Court. These rules, which come into effect on 1 July 2019, provide for the following:
Reviewed by Thierry Koenig, head of ENSafrica in Mauritius.
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