Forum Non Conveniens

Definition - What does Forum Non Conveniens mean?

Forum non conveniens is Latin for 'inconvenient forum.' Forum non conveniens is a doctrine in law that provides a court with discretionary power to refuse to hear a case and exercise its jurisdiction. This law is only applicable when the court believes that another court or forum would be more convenient or appropriate for the parties involved.

Justipedia explains Forum Non Conveniens

The doctrine of forum non conveniens can be invoked either by a court or the defendant in the relevant case. A court analyzes different factors before determining whether to invoke forum non conveniens. These factors include the choice of forum by the plaintiff(s), the residence of the parties involved, public policy, evidence, witness locations, and whether a change of forum would affect the case.

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