AIFC Court

Letter from the Chief Justice of the AIFC Court 


I am delighted to introduce the AIFC Court, which is a hugely significant initiative for the AIFC, the Republic of Kazakhstan, and the entire Eurasian region.

The AIFC Court provides a common law court system based on the norms and principles of English law for the first time in Eurasia.  It operates to the highest international standards to resolve civil and commercial disputes in the AIFC. It has exclusive jurisdiction over disputes arising out of the activities and operations of the AIFC and jurisdiction in the case of other disputes in which all parties agree to give the AIFC Court jurisdiction.

The AIFC Court is separate and independent from the judicial system of the Republic of Kazakhstan. In addition, there is a Court of Appeal, whose decisions are final. The AIFC Court has its own procedural rules modeled on the principles and procedures of English common law and standards applied by the world's leading financial centres. A special fast track procedure is offered for adjudicating small claims up to the value of US $150,000 at the Small Claims Court.

The AIFC Court has an e-filing system that enables parties to file cases electronically from anywhere around the world without their having to be physically present in Astana.  

Cost and time efficient case management system ensures that cases are administered and adjudicated as quickly and appropriately as possible. The Court's decisions are supported by a robust enforcement system of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

In addition to myself as Chief Justice, the AIFC Court has eight Justices. Six Justices are judges who are eligible to hear cases in the AIFC Court of First Instance and the Court of Appeal, and there are Justices who specialize in deciding small claims cases. All the Justices are among the most experienced and distinguished judges from the common law world with global reputations for absolute independence, impartiality, integrity, unconditional application of the rule of law, and incorruptibility.

The AIFC Court also has a highly professional team that deals with administration, management and preparation of cases under the guidance of the Registrar.

There are extremely wide rights of audience. All lawyers with a professional lawyer or advocate practicing certificate from anywhere around the world are eligible to register with the AIFC Court to represent parties in cases adjudicated therein.

The AIFC Court Chambers set up at the EXPO-2017 Astana premises, which include conference, meeting and hearing rooms equipped with state-of-the-art IT systems, will be permanently operational.

The AIFC Court is working with leading international education institutions to provide world class professional legal and judicial education that will contribute to the professional development of future lawyers and judges in the Republic of Kazakhstan.

The judges, procedures, practices and standards of the AIFC Court are well familiar to businesses currently operating in major financial centres around the world.

I welcome you to the AIFC Court.

Lord Woolf

Chief Justice, AIFC Court

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