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The Court had jurisdiction to hear cases:

  1. brought by one of the states against another state-party to the agreement;

  2. involving disputes between individuals and states, although individuals had to prove that all local remedies had been exhausted;

  3. brought as a result of a special agreement by one of the 5 states and another state outside of Central America;

  4. in cases that arose between legislative, executive and judicial branches of a government if national law was not effective in solving the dispute.

The Court could also interpret treaties and conventions and in this way increase or decrease the limits of its jurisdiction.

The Court received power to formulate its own rules of procedure, and in doing so it could go beyond the limits of the convention. The official rules of the Court were not adopted until December 2, 1911. On November 6, 1912 the Court adopted the ordinance of procedure, that made a more detailed description of the Rules. Decisions had to be passed by the majority of votes of the Court and had to be signed by all justices. The decision-making process of the Court on points of law had to be governed by the principles of international law, and on points of fact - by its free judgment.

   
         
         
   
   
         
   

   
         
   

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