Union Minister of Law & Justice of India, Ashwani Kumar and Minister of Justice of Republic of Azerbaijan, Fikrat Mammadov signed a Treaty on Legal and Judicial Cooperation in Civil and Commercial Matters on 4 April 2013. Apart from signing of the treaty, there were delegation-level discussions between India and Azerbaijan.
Major points of the Treaty on Legal and Judicial Cooperation in Civil and Commercial Matters
• The treaty between India and Azerbaijan in civil matters is a comprehensive agreement for reciprocal agreement with the foreign countries for different purposes such as service of summons, issuing Letters of Request, taking of evidence, execution of civil decrees as well as enforcement of arbitral awards.
• According to the provisions of the treaty, requests for legal assistance will be made through the Central Authorities of the Contracting Parties. The Central Authority of the Contracting Party in India is Ministry of Law and Justice, while the same in Azerbaijan is Ministry of Justice.
• The aim of the treaty is to provide benefit to the citizens of these two countries for seeking Legal Assistance in Civil and Commercial Matters in their respective countries, irrespective of income, class or gender bias. The treaty will allow opening of new ventures of cooperation between India and Azerbaijan.
It is important to note that the treaties like this were also signed with other countries such as Mongolia, Bulgaria, Kazakhstan, France, U.A.E., Bahrain, Kuwait and Russia.