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Arrest of Vessels


Portugal has an efficient system for arresting vessels and resolving arrest disputes, at least where its continental ports are concerned. As the Maritime Court of Lisbon is a small, specialized court with in-depth knowledge of the urgency of the arrest procedure, swift resolution is almost always possible.

Portuguese procedural law provides for seven specific types of injunction. A general injunction applies to all cases that are not specifically described by law. This update describes the types of injunction available, and the requirements and procedures that apply to each.

The government has overhauled court procedures in a bid to modernize and speed up the judicial process. Innovations include changes to the payment system for court fees and the manner in which witnesses are summoned.