Jurisdiction of Courts and Enforcement of Judgments (European Communities) Act, 1988

Interpretation of Conventions.

4.—(1) Judicial notice shall be taken of—

(a) any ruling or decision of, or expression of opinion by, the European Court on any question as to the meaning or effect of any provision of the Conventions, and

(b) the reports specified in subsection (2) of this section.

(2) The following reports (which are reproduced in the Official Journal of the European Communities), namely—

(a) the reports by Mr. P. Jenard on the 1968 Convention and the 1971 Protocol1 ,

(b) the report by Professor Peter Schlosser on the 1978 Accession Convention2 , and

(c) the report by Professor Demetrios Evrigenis and Professor K. D. Kerameus on the accession of the Hellenic Republic to the 1968 Convention and the 1971 Protocol3 ,

may be considered by any court when interpreting any provision of the Conventions and shall be given such weight as is appropriate in the circumstances.

1 OJ No. C59 of 5.3.1979, p.1

2 OJ No. C59 of 5.3.1979, p.71.

3 OJ No. C298 of 24.11.1986, p.1.