In Togo, commercial disputes are also subjected to judicial investigations now

Economic governance
Wednesday, 12 February 2020 16:43
In Togo, commercial disputes are also subjected to judicial investigations now

(Togo First) - In Togo, judicial investigations are now compulsory for commercial cases brought to court from now. The procedure, which used to only concern criminal cases, was extended to commercial disputes as well, after a law was adopted in this framework last January 7. 

The preliminary investigation will, according to a magistrate assigned to the commercial court, allow judges and other parties concerned to define an appropriate framework for the court procedures. In effect, it will ensure that issues related to competence and evidence are settled, in addition to making a clear plan with the various stages of the trial scheduled beforehand, depending on how complex the case may be. 

Based on the investigation, the judge must, as stated by the 2018 law, “attempt conciliation of the parties and if that fails, he or she must recommend alternative settlement paths, such as mediation and arbitrage.”

The decision to subject commercial disputes to investigation aims at ensuring they are rapidly resolved. The measure aligns with the authorities’ efforts to improve the Togolese business climate. 

Séna Akoda

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