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Work of SIFoCC

Picture of the 5th Full Meeting of SIFoCC held in Doha, Qatar.

SIFoCC is a forum that brings together the world’s commercial and appellate courts to facilitate judicial collaboration and cooperation between jurisdictions.

Regular meetings

Every eighteen months, in different host member jurisdictions, Judges representing each member jurisdiction convene together in person, where possible, for a Full Meeting. Over the last 5 years SIFoCC has held full meetings in London (2017), New York (2019), Singapore (2021) and Sydney (2022).  

The path from one full meeting to the next is expressed in a roadmap identifying four key themes, which are set by the Steering Group.  The Full Meeting comprises a unique two-day roundtable discussion, which elaborates on these key themes. The full meeting is attended by delegations of each member jurisdiction. 

In preparation for and between full meetings these themes are developed through online discussions, international working groups, or at SIFoCC’s participation in conferences convened by others. The forum provides an excellent opportunity for judiciaries to build important and lasting relationships.

Read the reports from previous full meetings

Sharing best practice

Cover of SIFoCC publication on Multilateral Memorandum on Enforcement of Commerical Judgments for Money. The cover is dark navy blue with globes on it

Where suitable, SIFoCC prepares publications, to develop and provide clarity on international best practice. These have included: 

  • International Case Management Principles, that have been of assistance to jurisdictions reviewing or revising their procedures.  
  • A Multilateral Memorandum on Enforcement of Commercial Judgments for Money, in its second edition with supporting commentary, this is increasingly noted by practitioners. 
  • During Covid, two Covid-19 Memoranda addressed the use of technology experienced during the pandemic.

Judicial Observation Programme

SIFoCC also runs a Judicial Observation Programme. The judicial observation programme is an intensive one-week training programme in the commercial courts of another SIFoCC host jurisdiction. There have been 4 previous iterations. Find out more about the Observation Programme.