forum (special context)

04:49 Aug 22, 2008
Swedish to English translations [PRO]
Law/Patents - Law: Patents, Trademarks, Copyright / Trademrk dispute
Swedish term or phrase: forum (special context)
SAKEN: Hävning av varumärkesregistrering.
FORUM: 26 § varumärkeslagen (1960:644)."

This has made me think before. In every dictionary, the translation is 'jurisdiction', which is the "right and power to interpret and apply the law", or 'venue' = presumably the court itself. Why then is FORUM followed by the name of a law? Can't I just write: 'LAW INVOKED' or similar?
Local time: 19:24

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5jurisdiction, forum
Lars Jelking
Adrian MM. (X)

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jurisdiction, forum

According to the Swedish National Courts Administration dictionary.

Lars Jelking
Local time: 20:24
Native speaker of: Native in SwedishSwedish
Notes to answerer
Asker: I did write: "In every dictionary, the translation is 'jurisdiction'..." So I know what it says in dictionaries. My point was that this term doesn't seem appropriate here. Mårten Sandberg has confirmed what I suspected, i.e. that they mean 'lagrum'.

Asker: I didn’t really think of it as an error, more perhaps that some courts use it as a synonym for ‘lagrum’. Mind you, if that were the case you’d think this would be reflected in specialist dictionary entries. Every definition I’ve found refers to the court itself. From the translation I did, it’s obvious that what follows the heading “Forum” is the law upon which the plaintiff is basing his legal action. As a believer in calling a spade a spade and a former member of the Plain English Campaign, I baulk at using an obscure word like ‘purview’. I wrote ‘Legislation’ or something similar.

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neutral  Mårten Sandberg: Om man ser paragrafen som kommer efter kan inte gärna jurisdiction stämma. Jag skulle sagt lagrum på sv.
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Everyone assumes this is a typo. But terms like purview, remit and ambit are elastic enough to straddle forum and lagrum.

Certainly the section itself has nowt to do with venue.

pur·view (pûrvy)
1. The extent or range of function, power, or competence; scope. See Synonyms at range.
2. Range of vision, comprehension, or experience; outlook.
3. Law The body, scope, or limit of a statute.

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  • Av 25§ första stycket varumärkeslagen (1960:644) framgår bl a att om ett ... Som tingsrätten angett föreskrivs i 26 § varumärkeslagen att var och en som ...

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